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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Edward Matthews (1867-1941)

Architect.

Born at London, Ontario in 1867, he trained as an architect with George P. Durand at London. He then moved to Toronto where he worked as an architect with the firm of Darling & Curry. He moved to New York City in 1893 to work with architect Charles C. Haight for a time, returning to London in early 1894. He opened his own architectural practice and designed the London Public Library and several public schools. After practicing briefly with William D. Murray, he closed his practice in 1905 and moved to Winnipeg. He formed a brief partnership (1910-1911) with Fred F. Le Maistre, and served as President of the Manitoba Association of Architects (1914). He was an architect in the Dominion Department of Public Works from 1921 until his retirement in 1938. He died at his Winnipeg residence, 401 Kingston Crescent, on 7 December 1941 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery. He was survived by a daughter, Katherine J. Matthews.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

H. P. Dwight Residence

Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg

1905

 

W. J. Simpson Residence

95 Academy Road, Winnipeg

1905

 

Weldon Block

Donald Street at Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1905

 

Bell Block

370 Donald Street, Winnipeg

1905

 

Winnipeg Casket Factory

740 Dufferin Avenue, Winnipeg

1907

 

St. Matthews Anglican Church / West End Cultural Centre

586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg

1908

 

Keewayden Building / Crawley Building

138 Portage Avenue East, Winnipeg

1909

 

Boylston Apartments / Congress Apartments

300 River Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

 

Henry B. Byrnes Residence

233 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Rothesay Apartments

828 Preston Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

McGregor Armoury

551 Machray Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

St. Matthew’s Anglican Church

641 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Minto Armoury

969 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

 

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 8 December 1941, page 21.

Winnipeg Building Index

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

Herbert Edward Matthews - Church Architect, Fadedgenes - A Chronicle of the People of the Methodist Church in Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 December 2018

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