Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Gordon Holman (1881-1955)
Born at Stratford, Ontario on 28 November 1881, son of Frederick Joseph and Catherine Holman, he was educated at public schools and the Stratford Collegiate Institute. In 1895, he articled as an architect with H. J. Powell at Stratford. He later came to Manitoba and engaged as architectural draftsman with J. H. G. Russell from 1901 to 1903, Samuel Hooper from 1903 to 1905, and the Manitoba Provincial Government from 1905 to 1906. He practiced briefly with Vere Barton and under his own name from 1906 to 1909 then formed a short-lived architectural firm of Holman and Prain in 1910, in partnership with Edgar Prain. After serving overseas in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, he returned to Stratford (1920-1922) then moved to Toronto where he died on 27 October 1955.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
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.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
Crescentwood, A History by R. R. Rostecki, Winnipeg: Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.
Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 20 July 2022