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Memorable Manitobans: Cyril William Upton Chivers (1879-1969)

Architect, war hero.

Born at Chislehurst, Kent, England on 11 April 1879, he came to Winnipeg in 1898 and worked with the Engineering Department of the Canadian Pacific Railway. He helped to survey many of the railway lines from Winnipeg to the West Coast. In 1906 he left the railway to work as an architect. During the First World War he served overseas with the First Canadian Mounted Rifles and rose to the rank of Brigade Major with the Ninth Canadian Infantry Brigade. He was decorated with the DSO and MC and was mentioned in despatches. On returning to Winnipeg after the war he formed the architectural partnership of Northwood and Chivers.

On 30 January 1907, he married Frances Anna Simpson (1882-1972, daughter of Frank George Simpson) and they had three children: John Alexander Chivers, Margaret “Marmie” Chivers (1911-?), and Cyril Douglas “Bung” Chivers (1912-2004). He was a Charter Member and Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Honorary Life Member (and President, 1928) of the Manitoba Association of Architects, Life Member of the Engineering Institute of Canada, and a Life Member of the Manitoba Club.

He died at Winnipeg on 9 August 1969 and was buried in the St. James Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Geddes House

33 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Shepherd House

124 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Wellington Apartments

264-276 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg



Doupe House

118 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Dorchester Court

162-166 Lilac Street, Winnipeg



Crowe House

89 East Gate, Winnipeg



Dunedin Court

793 McMillan Avenue, Winnipeg



Glasgow House

34 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Monk House (expansion)

134 West Gate, Winnipeg



Sutherland House (expansion)

135 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Aynsley Court

734-738 Dorchester Avenue, Winnipeg



Nokomis Block

344 Cumberland Avenue, Winnipeg



Steele Briggs Building

139 Market Avenue, Winnipeg



Grosvenor Apartments

812 Grosvenor Avenue, Winnipeg



Hugo Apartments

261 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)

Gemmill House

157 West Gate, Winnipeg



Thomson House

400 South Drive, Winnipeg



After 1919

See Northwood and Chivers

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Law Society War Memorial (391 Broadway, Winnipeg)


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1969.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

We thank Nathan Kramer, Doug Chivers, and Christian Cassidy for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 December 2021

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