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Memorable Manitobans: William Fingland (1862-1946)

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William Fingland
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Born at Rockton, Ontario on 5 August 1862, son of William and Mary Ann Fingland, he was educated at the School of Practical Science (Toronto). He came to Manitoba in 1884 but later returned east, engaging in various architectural offices in New York City from 1893 to 1905. He came back to Winnipeg in 1905 and opened an architectural practice. He also served as President of the Manitoba Board of Examiners of Architects. During the course of his architectural career, he designed buildings in Winnipeg, Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, and Edmonton. In 1907, he was appointed consulting architect for the Legislature Building in Alberta and, in 1915, he was Acting Provincial Architect of Manitoba.

In 1887, he married Barbara Bella Chisholm (1864-1945) and they had six sons and three daughters, including William Clarence Fingland (1888-?), Bernice Eveline Fingland (1894-?), John Colin Fingland, Jennie Marion Fingland (1899-?), Evan Beverley Fingland (1902-?), Louis Alexander Fingland (1904-?), Harold Arthur Fingland (1907-?), and Ruth Isabel Fingland (1909-1993). He was a member of the AF & AM (Scottish Rite, 32nd degree), K of T, AAO, and NMS. In 1911, he lived at 120 Walnut Street, Winnipeg.

He died at Winnipeg on 25 May 1946 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Wesley Methodist Church




Selkirk Central School [expansion]

Eaton Avenue, Selkirk


Demolished (?)

Selkirk Public Library

Eaton Avenue, Selkirk


Demolished (?)

Chapman House

85 West Gate, Winnipeg



Bank of Hamilton

119 Marion Street, Winnipeg



McKittrick House

64 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Avenue Building (addition)

265 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



Thomson and Pope Building

379-381 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



Lipton Apartments

975 Lipton Street, Winnipeg



Beverley Block

719 Beverley Street, Winnipeg



Bradburn Building

410 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



Greater Winnipeg Water District Railway Station

598 Plinguet Street, Winnipeg




Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

“Unearth secret chamber under Normal School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 July 1915, page 1.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“William Fingland,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 1946, page 19.

Obituary [Ruth Isabel Fingland], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1993, page 22.

Winnipeg Building Index

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 April 2021

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