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Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Greenfield (1845-1910)

Architect, civil servant.

Born at Croydon, England on 4 May 1845, he came to Toronto in 1865 and practised as an architect, later moving to Winnipeg and forming a partnership with Edward McCoskrie. In 1903 he became Superintendent of Public Works for the Canadian government. He was married to Elizabeth Flint of Montreal. They had one son, J. H. Greenfield. He was a member of the AF & AM, IOF, AOUW, and Grace Methodist Church, and he served as a founding director and president of the Manitoba Association of Architects. He died at his Winnipeg home, 345 Kennedy Street, on 3 November 1910 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Cornelius Building

120 King Street, Winnipeg



Woods / Dryden Bag Company

148-150 Alexander Avenue, Winnipeg



Carruthers Warehouse

120 King Street, Winnipeg



Ryan Block

492 Main Street, Winnipeg



Benard House

454 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg



Maryland Methodist Church

576 Maryland Street, Winnipeg


Demolished (1943)

Dominion Post Office and Town Hall

21 Second Avenue NW, Dauphin



Customs Examining Warehouse

McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg



Cook’s Creek School No. 20

RM of Springfield




“Dominion official dies in Winnipeg,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 November 1910, page 5.

Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Pioneers and Early Citizens of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Manitoba Library Association, 1971.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

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

Winnipeg Building Index

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 December 2020

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