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Memorable Manitobans: Robert Edgar Davies (1882-1959)

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Robert Edgar Davies
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Architect.

Born at Nottingham, England in July 1882, he studied architecture at the Nottingham School of Art and Design. He immigrated to Canada after 1900 and worked as an assistant to architect Hugh McCowan until 1905 when they went into partnership. In early 1919, he became the City Architect for Winnipeg, responsible for designing all city-owned buildings although it is alleged he was not registered as an architect with the Manitoba Association of Architects. He retired in 1949. He died at his Winnipeg home, 137 Donald Street, on 21 April 1959 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Ukrainian Labour Temple

591 Pritchard Avenue, Winnipeg

1918-1919

 

Nurses’ Residence at King George Hospital

Morley Avenue, Winnipeg

1920-1921

Demolished (?)

Sources:

“Designs building to house city's nurses,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 February 1921, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 23 April 1959, page 32.

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 23 April 1959, page 42.

591 Pritchard Avenue, Ukrainian Labour Temple” by Murray Peterson, Historical Buildings & Resources Committee, April 2020.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2022

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