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Memorable Manitobans: James Allen MacDonald (1859-1926)


Born at Exeter, Ontario on 1 June 1859, at an early age he moved to Winnipeg with his family and was educated there. He worked as a building contractor in Winnipeg from 1880 to 1882 then as a construction superintendent for the US Army in North Dakota from 1882 to 1884. He was a construction superintendent for the Minneapolis Public School Board from 1885 to 1889, at which time he moved to Portage la Prairie to open an architectural practice. He relocated to various locations in western Canada, including Regina, North West Territories (now Saskatchewan) in 1892, Nelson (British Columbia) in 1900, Lethbridge (Alberta) in 1903, and Calgary (Alberta) in 1910. He died at Calgary on 10 March 1926.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Lansdowne College

Portage la Prairie



Oakland Presbyterian Church




Oakville School




Sidney Methodist Church




Knox Presbyterian Church

Creeford, RM of Elton



Knox Presbyterian Church

396 First Street, Neepawa




Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2015

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