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Memorable Manitobans: John Simpson Hooper (1875-1940)

Architect.

Born at London, Ontario on 24 April 1875, son of Samuel Hooper and Jane Ferguson Simpson (1855-1942), he came to Winnipeg as a child and was educated locally. He joined his father’s architectural practice as a draftsman and, after his father’s death in 1911, he practiced in partnership with William Thraves Davis. He served as Secretary to the Winnipeg Builders’ Exchange in the 1910s.

On 5 June 1899, he married Margaret Ann Bell (1876-1958) at Emerson and they had three daughters: Margaret Bell Hooper (1900-?, wife of Thomas A. Spear), Dorothy Gertrude Hooper (1903-1978, wife of Irvin A. Plumm), and Jean Simpson Hooper (1915-?, wife of Terry Norvell). He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and St. Matthew’s Anglican Church.

He died at Red Deer, Alberta on 7 August 1940 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Avoca Apartments

229 Sargent Avenue, Winnipeg

1905

Demolished (?)

Burrows Court

230 Salter Street, Winnipeg

1911

Demolished (1980)

Cycel Court

193-197 Furby Street, Winnipeg

1911

 

St. Vital Municipal Hall

St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg

1911-1912

Demolished (c1955)

Panama Court

785 Dorchester Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Pasadena Apartments

220 Hugo Street North, Winnipeg

1912

 

Carman Apartments

423 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Rivera Court

161 Cathedral Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

 

Maple Leaf Apartments

915 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

 

Empress Hotel

Winnipeg Beach

?

 

Sources:

Marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“City architect dies in Alberta,” Winnipeg Tribune, 8 August 1940, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 August 1940, page 11.

Obituary [Margaret Ann Hooper], Winnipeg Free Press, 22 December 1958, page 28.

Obituary [Dorothy Gertrude Plumm], Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1978, page 45.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

A peek inside - Panama Court, Corydon Times.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 April 2022

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