Memorable Manitobans: Victor William Horwood (1878-1939)
Born at Frome, Somersetshire, England on 27 February 1878, son of Harry Horwood and Ellen Mary Long, he came to Canada with his parents at the age of 16 and was educated at the public school and Collegiate Institute of Prescott, Ontario. He was an art student at New York, Chicago, Ottawa, Toronto and studied architecture with E. L. Horwood at Ottawa, Ontario. He came to Manitoba in 1904 and worked as an architect.
In 1911, he was appointed Provincial Architect following the death of Samuel Hooper. In 1914 he wrote a history of the Manitoba Architects Association, of which he served as Vice President. He became a central figure in the Royal Commission hearing into corruption during the building of the Legislative Building. His story disagreed with that of other witnesses, but the Commission chose to believe him. He remained Provincial Architect until 1924 when he was succeeded by Gilbert Parfitt.
On 18 September 1906, he married Claratina “Clara” Taylor (1885-1956), daughter of T. W. Taylor. They had no children. He was an active snowshoer and was captain in the militia in 1911. He was a member of the IOOF, Masons, Knights of Pythias, and Military Institute (serving as Captain of the 90th Winnipeg Rifles). He served as President of the Manitoba Art Association.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
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.
“New provincial architect named,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 November 1911, page 5.
“Victor W. Horwood succumbs Wednesday at Matlock Beach,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 1939, page 5.
Obituary [Clara Horwood], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 November 1956, page 39.
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: 8 July 2018
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