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Memorable Manitobans: William Richard Marshall (1854-1909)


Born in Scotland on 15 August 1854, he emigrated to Canada in 1879. Coming to Winnipeg, he apprenticed as an architect with James Chisholm then worked as a draftsman for Willmot and Stewart. In late 1882, he formed a partnership with H. F. Slater then moved to Brandon in late 1887 or early 1888. He and Walter Shillinglaw were the dominant architects in Brandon during the next ten years, during the construction boom of the 1890s. By 1898, he had moved to Victoria Island, British Columbia. He returned to Brandon in 1903 and worked there until at least 1906, later moving back to Victoria where he died on 27 December 1909.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





J. H. Hughes Residence

Princess Avenue, Brandon



A. Kelly Residence

Sixth Street, Brandon



F. Nation Residence

Lorne Avenue, Brandon



Fraser Block / Chrest Block

1031 Rosser Avenue, Brandon



Bank of British North America

1000 Rosser Avenue, Brandon



Brandon Electric Light Company

243 Tenth Street, Brandon



Brandon General Hospital

McTavish Avenue East, Brandon



Brandon City Hall

818 Princess Avenue, Brandon


Demolished (1971)

Sandison House

RM of Elton



Beaubier Hotel

Eighth Street (southeast corner Princess Avenue), Brandon


Demolished (2008)

Brandon Club Building

158 Eleventh Street, Brandon



Arlington Hotel

541 Rosser Avenue, Brandon




1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Obituary, Vancouver Daily World, 29 December 1909, page 18.

If Walls Could Talk: Manitoba’s Best Buildings Explored & Explained by David Butterfield and Maureen Devanik Butterfield, Great Plains Publications, 2000, 128 pages.

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: 21 July 2016

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