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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Robert Evans (1865-1949)

Architect.

Born in Wales on 13 November 1865, son of Robert Evans and Eleanor Nye, he attended Dulwich College of England then Dublin University, graduating with an Arts degree from the latter in 1884. He then went to London and studied architecture with his father, working with him until 1888 when he emigrated to Canada and settled first at Winnipeg then at Regina, Saskatchewan. In 1901 he returned to Winnipeg and established an architectural practice with offices on Pacific Avenue. He retired in 1934.

In 1894, he married Margaret Hamilton (1869-1948) at Regina, Saskatchewan. They had five children: Victor Hamilton Evans (b 1895), Frank Robert Evans, Eleanor Marion Evans (b 1898), Harold S. Evans (b 1904), and Evelyn Margaret Evans (b 1907). He was a member of the AF & AM (King Edward Lodge).

He died at Brandon on 9 May 1949 and was buried in Brookside Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Foley, Lock and Carson Biscuit Company warehouse

Market Avenue, Winnipeg

1903

 

West Kildonan School No. 8

West Kildonan

1904

 

John H. Chambers Home

Kennedy Street, Winnipeg

1905

 

Elm Creek School No. 812

Elm Creek, RM of Grey

1905

Demolished

Grandview School No. 1065

Grandview

1906

 

Headingley School No. 9

Headingley

1906

Demolished

Shoal Lake School No. 458

Shoal Lake

1906

Demolished

Somerset Building

294 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1906

 

Ackland Wagon Factory Warehouse

Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg

1907

 

Stonewall School No. 108

Stonewall

1907

Demolished

Kirkfield Park School (expansion)

3085 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1907

Demolished (circa 1949)

Paulin-Chambers Biscuit Company Warehouse

Ross Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

 

Darlingford Consolidated School

Darlingford, RM of Pembina

1910

 

Alfred James Long House

111 Middle Gate, Winnipeg

1913

 

Brant Consolidated School No. 1703

Argyle, RM of Rockwood

1914

 

Basswood Consolidated School No. 1252

Basswood, RM of Saskatchewan

1916

Demolished

Victoria School

32 Fifth Street SE, Portage la Prairie

1916

 

Gregg Building (addition)

52 Albert Street, Winnipeg

1922

 

Miss V. Downing House

Fourth Street, Tuxedo

1926

 

Sources:

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

“Tenders,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 August 1904, page 10.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

“Constructional Activity,” Contract Record and Engineering Review, 22 September 1926, page 49.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Retired architect F. R. Evans dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 May 1949, page 34.

Winnipeg Building Index.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 August 2015

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