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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Hooper (1851-1911)

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Samuel Hooper
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Stone mason, architect.

Born at Hatherleigh, Devon, England in October 1851, son of John and Susannah Hooper, brother of James Hooper, he started a career in his uncle’s office where he studied architecture. He came to Canada in 1869 and settled at London, Ontario where he was trained in stone carving and monument work. His family all went to England in 1878, but he returned to Canada in 1880.

He spent one year at Emerson and came to Winnipeg in 1881 where his first work was that of a monument designer and builder, in partnership with David Ede. In 1893, having studied architecture in England in the office of his uncle, who was Surveyor of the Duchy of Cornwall, he commenced practice at this profession. In 1904, he was appointed the first Provincial Architect of Manitoba, holding the position until his death, when he was succeeded by Victor Horwood. He served as President of the Manitoba Association of Architects in 1908.

In 1872, he married Anne Ferguson Simpson, with whom he had two sons and two daughters.

He died at London, England on 19 October 1911 but was buried in Winnipeg.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Volunteer Monument

Main Street, Winnipeg

1886

 

Seven Oaks Monument

Main Street, Winnipeg

1891

 

Western Building

90 Albert Street, Winnipeg

1901

 

St. Mary’s Academy

550 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg

1902-1903

 

Knox Presbyterian Church

341 Eveline Street, Selkirk

1903

 

Merchant’s Hotel

383 Eveline Street, Selkirk

1903-1904

 

Winnipeg Land Titles Building

Broadway at Kennedy, Winnipeg

1903-1904

 

Morden Court House

Wardrop Street, Morden

1904-1905

 

Neepawa Land Titles Building

329 Hamilton Street, Neepawa

1905

 

Central Normal School

442 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1905-1906

 

Carnegie Library

380 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1905

 

Manitoba Agricultural College

Tuxedo Avenue, Winnipeg

1905-1906

 

St. Boniface School No. 1188

St. Joseph Street, St. Boniface

1906

 

West Treherne School No. 537

Treherne

1906

Destroyed by fire (1958)

Garry Telephone Exchange Building

474 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg

1907

 

Tache School

Kenny Street, St. Boniface

1907-1908

Demolished (1963)

Industrial Training School

Portage la Prairie

1908-1909

 

Brandon Court House

1104 Princess Avenue, Brandon

1908-1910

 

Minnedosa Court House

70 Third Avenue SW, Minnedosa

1908-1910

 

Glenwood School

51 Blenheim Avenue, Winnipeg

1910-1911

 

Brandon Asylum for the Insane

First Street, Brandon

1910-1912

 

Manitoba Agricultural College Building

Winnipeg

1911-1913

 

Pasadena Apartments

220 Hugo Street North, Winnipeg

1912

 

See also:

Samuel Hooper, Dictionary of Canadian Biography XIV, 505-6.

Sources:

A History of Manitoba: Its Resources and People by Prof. George Bryce, Toronto: The Canadian History Company, 1906.

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.

“Samuel Hooper dies in England,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 October 1911, page 17.

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

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

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

We thank Robert Hill for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 May 2016

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