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Memorable Manitobans: Edward C. Letinsky (1940-1980)

Architect, city planner.

Born in Winnipeg in 1940, he attended Aberdeen School and the University of Manitoba, receiving a degree in architecture from the latter, in 1969. He worked as an urban design coordinator for the City of Winnipeg from 1970 until his death, being responsible for development of the Old Market Square area. He had worked to redevelop the former site of the Royal Alexandra Hotel as a public space but the project was never completed. In 1980, he published the book Ed Letinsky’s Sketch Book. On 13 October 1980, he was killed in a farming accident on his property at Oakbank, Manitoba. He is commemorated by a monument in downtown Winnipeg on which he is described as the “architect of the people”.

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Edward Letinsky Monument (Winnipeg)


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1980, page 94.

Remembering Ed Letinsky by Christian Cassidy, West End Dumplings.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 July 2013

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