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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 F. G. Simpson. They had three children: John A. 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:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Dorchester Apartments

Lilac Street, Winnipeg

1910

 

George R. Crowe Residence

89 East Gate, Winnipeg

c1912

 

R. M. Thomson Residence

Wildwood Park, Winnipeg

c1914

 

All Saints Anglican Church

175 Colony Street, Winnipeg

1926

 

Canadian Wheat Board Building

423 Main Street, Winnipeg

1928

 

Assiniboine Park Pavilion

55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg

1930

 

Greater Winnipeg Gas Company Building

265 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

1930

 

Women’s Tribute Memorial Lodge

200 Woodlawn Street, Winnipeg

1931

 

Queenston School

245 Queenston Street, Winnipeg

1931

 

Civic Auditorium

200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg

1931-1932

 

Banfield Block (renovations)

492 Main Street, Winnipeg

1933

 

Brandon Winter Fair Building / Brandon Arena / Manning Depot No. 2 (renovations)

Eleventh Street, Brandon

1940

Demolished

Misericordia General Hospital (Maryland Wing)

20 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1950

 

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1969.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 7 October 2016

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