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Memorable Manitobans: George Browne (1852-1919)

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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.

The following were among Browne’s architectural works:


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: 14 August 2013

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