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Memorable Manitobans: Gail Elizabeth Parvin Hammerquist (1937-1994)

Restoration architect.

Born at Kansas City, Missouri in 1937, daughter of Winifred B. Parvin, she was raised at San Antonio, Texas and studied interior design at Stephens College (Columbia, Missouri) and received bachelors and masters degrees in history and architecture from the University of Texas at Austin and Texas A & M University. She worked as a restoration architect and grants manager for the State Historic Preservation Office of Virginia. Coming to Winnipeg in the 1980s, she was an active member of the Winnipeg Historic Buildings Committee from its founding in 1982 to her death. She worked as a restoration architect for Parks Canada (1992-?), developing plans for architectural and engineering services at new and existing national parks and historic sites throughout western Canada. She died at Winnipeg on 7 December 1994, survived by a daughter. She is commemorated by the Gail Parvin Hammerquist grants for heritage projects offered by the City of Winnipeg.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 12 December 1994, page 17.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 April 2019

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