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Memorable Manitobans: George Browne (1852-1919)

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George Browne
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Architect.

Born at Montreal in 1852, the youngest son of architect George Browne and Anna Maria Jameson. He was educated in Montreal High School after which he worked at his father’s office until he was 18 years old, when he went to New York to study in the office of Russell Sturgis. For three years starting in 1873, he studied architecture in England, Ireland, France, Italy, and Switzerland. He returned to Montreal in 1877 where he practiced as an architect for two years until he moved to Manitoba. He farmed until 1882 when he resumed his architectural practice. In 1883, he married Louisa Anna Nicolls. In 1910, Browne left Winnipeg for New York City, and he died at South Nyack, New York on 12 March 1919.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Massey-Harris Building

294-296 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1885

Miller-Morse Building

86-88 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1887

Mackenzie & Powis Building

78-84 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1891

Norquay School

Lusted Avenue, Winnipeg

1892 - demolished circa 1956

Dawson Kerr Elliott Residence

Winnipeg

?

George Turner Orton Residence

Winnipeg

?

Arthur Wickson Residence

Winnipeg

?

W. J. Watson Residence

Winnipeg

?

J. C. Gordon Residence

Winnipeg

?

Mulvey School No. 2

Broadway at Maryland Street, Winnipeg

1893

Aberdeen School

444 Flora Avenue, Winnipeg

1893

East Ward School

Portage la Prairie

1894

North Ward School

Portage la Prairie

1894

West Ward School

Portage la Prairie

1894

Central Judicial District Courthouse

Portage la Prairie

1894-1895

North Central School

Winnipeg

?

Manitoba College Addition

Winnipeg

?

Hudson’s Bay Company Office

Winnipeg

?

Dominion Soudack Fur Association

294-296 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1885, 1904

Civic Market

Winnipeg

1890, demolished 1964

MacGregor Block

180-182 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1892

Masonic Temple

335 Donald Street, Winnipeg

1895

Wesley College (University of Winnipeg)

515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1895

Minnedosa South School

Minnedosa

1898

University of Manitoba Science Building

Winnipeg

1899-1900

Gault Building

92-104 Arthur Street, Winnipeg

1900

University of Manitoba Science Building

Broadway, Winnipeg

1900, demolished 1961

YMCA Building

276 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1900

Henry Martyn Belcher Residence

37 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg

1901

Strathcona Block (Fort Garry Court)

160 Main Street, Winnipeg

1901, demolished 1974

Union Bank / Bank of Montreal

33 Main Street, Carberry

1902

A. J. Andrews Residence

749 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg

1905, demolished 1953

William Sanford Evans Residence

Winnipeg

?

Sources:

The Canadian Album: Men of Canada or Success by Example, Vol. III, Bradley, Garretson & Company, Brantford, Ontario, 1894.

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

Crescentwood: A History by R. R. Rostecki, Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

Winnipeg Building Index

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 10 October 2014

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