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Memorable Manitobans: Dennis H. Carter (1920-2012)


Born in Montreal on 9 October 1920, son of George and Edith Carter, he grew up at Croydon, England while his father worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway in London. He returned to Canada in 1939, coming to Winnipeg where he attended the University of Manitoba and graduated with Honours from the School of Architecture in 1945. He was awarded the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal.

In 1947, in partnership with Ernest John Smith and Walter Katelnikoff, he established the firm of Smith, Carter and Katelnikoff. It became one of Canada’s largest architectural and engineering practices, responsible for the design and construction of such Winnipeg buildings as the Centennial Concert Hall, Manitoba Museum, School of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, St. John’s Ravenscourt School, Monarch Life Building, Great West Life Building, Concordia General Hospital, Seven Oaks General Hospital, and Grace General Hospital. He served as a President of the Manitoba Association of Architects. In recognition of his contributions to the field of architecture, he was inducted into the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Architects.

He was a member of the Winnipeg Flying Club, Western Canada Aviation Museum (for which he helped to restore a vintage Tiger Moth aircraft), Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Historical Society, and the Zoological Society of Manitoba. He was married with two children.

He died at Winnipeg on 21 June 2012.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Kirkfield Park School #2

615 School Road, Winnipeg


Demolished (1993)


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 30 June 2012.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 April 2015

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