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Memorable Manitobans: James William Hawker (1870-?)

Architect.

Born at Brighton, England on 16 March 1870, he began his architectural career there, working from 1900 to 1913 when he emigrated to Canada via the United States. During the First World War, he served as an officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In April 1921, he requested membership in the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA), serving as its President from 1930 to 1931. He worked as a draughtsman for James Chisholm before setting up his own architectural practice, designing homes and apartment blocks from 1922 to 1935. On a visit to England in late 1935, he decided to stay there. No further information on his whereabouts has been found.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Rochester Apartments

66 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg

1927

 

Clinton Apartments

185 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg

1928

 

Shea House

115 Park Boulevard, Winnipeg

1928

 

Oxford Apartments

317 Furby Street, Winnipeg

1928

 

St. James Hotel

1719 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1928

 

Harvard Apartments

198 Furby Street, Winnipeg

1929

 

Brookland Hotel

8 Keewatin Street, Winnipeg

1930

 

Wiltshire Apartments

30 Spence Street, Winnipeg

1930

 

Scarsdale Apartments

71 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg

1930

 

Bessborough Apartments

380 Assiniboine Avenue, Winnipeg

1931

 

Layton Apartments

830 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg

1931

 

Raleigh Apartments

340 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg

1931

 

Wakefield Apartments

415 Stradbrook Avenue, Winnipeg

1931

 

Sources:

Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Winnipeg Building Index

Raleigh Apartments (340 Vaughan Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, January 1997.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Robert Hill.

Page revised: 7 October 2020

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