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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:





Geddes House

33 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Shepherd House

124 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Dorchester Apartments

Lilac Street, Winnipeg



Crowe House

89 East Gate, Winnipeg



Glasgow House

34 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Nokomis Block

344 Cumberland Avenue, Winnipeg



Steele Briggs Building

139 Market Avenue, Winnipeg



Gemmill House

157 West Gate, Winnipeg



Thomson House

400 South Drive, Winnipeg



Morrison House

215 Park Boulevard, Winnipeg



All Saints Anglican Church

175 Colony Street, Winnipeg



Tuxedo School No. 1709

2300 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg



Canadian Wheat Board Building

423 Main Street, Winnipeg



Assiniboine Park Pavilion

55 Pavilion Crescent, Winnipeg



Greater Winnipeg Gas Company Building

265 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg



Women’s Tribute Memorial Lodge

200 Woodlawn Street, Winnipeg



Queenston School

245 Queenston Street, Winnipeg



Winnipeg Civic Auditorium

200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg



Banfield Block (renovations)

492 Main Street, Winnipeg



Bank of Toronto Building

420 Academy Road, Winnipeg



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

Eleventh Street, Brandon


Demolished (?)

Misericordia General Hospital (Maryland Wing)

20 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg



Women’s Pavilion

735 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg



St. Andrew Bobola Roman Catholic Church

541 Marion Street, Winnipeg



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: 14 August 2020

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