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Memorable Manitobans: James Alexander Gauld (1859-1932)


Born at London, Ontario on 22 October 1860, he worked as an architect, designing several residences at London before coming to Winnipeg in 1901. He worked in the engineering department of the Canadian Pacific Railway and as a surveyor for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. From 1920 until retirement in 1929, he worked in the Building Inspector’s Department and Freight Car Repair Department at the Transcona shops of the Canadian National Railway. He and wife Emma Rebecca Seldon (1856-1930) had three children: Harold Gauld (1886-?), Lillie F. Gauld (1890-1962, wife of William F. C. Reynolds), Eleanor Victoria Gauld (1897-1985, wife of Oliver Reece Williams). He died at his Winnipeg home, 22 Lansdowne Avenue, on 20 March 1932 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Fairbairn Block

960½ Main Street, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)

Monte Cassino Court

639 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



Mansfield Court

626 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg



Monte Cassino Court (addition)

639 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg




1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Obituary [Emma Rebecca Gauld], Winnipeg Tribune, 23 December 1930, page 9.

“Jas. A. Gauld, retired C.N.R. employe, dead,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 March 1932, page 3.

Obituary [Lillie F. Reynolds], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 August 1962, page 32.

Death registration [Eleanor Victoria Williams], British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 March 2020

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