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Memorable Manitobans: Alexander D. Melville (1873-1949)

Architect.

Born at Fraserburgh, Scotland on 20 January 1873, son of William Gordon B. Melville (1843-?) and Sarah Noble (1854-?), he received training in architecture and civil engineering at Aberdeen. In 1903, he and his family moved to Winnipeg, where he set up an architectural practice in partnership with his younger brother William N. Melville, who had arrived two years earlier. They specialized in the design of municipal fire halls, being responsible for most of the ones in Winnipeg.

On 26 April 1899, he married Helen Ann Elfert (1879-1953) and they had four children: Gertrude Helen Melville (1901-1928, wife of Earl Gordon Braithwait), Williamina Gordon “Dolly” Melville (1902-1975), Barbara “Lena” Melville (1903-1946), and Alexander Burnett Melville (1905-1961). The family lived at 539 William Avenue. He was a member of the St. Andrew’s Society and the St. Andrew’s Yacht Club. He had a summer home at Dunnottar Point on Lake Winnipeg, and was an avid curler.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 4-914 Grosvenor Avenue, on 31 March 1949 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church

Notre Dame Avenue at Nena (Sherbrook) Street, Winnipeg

1903

Demolished (?)

Fire Hall No. 3

56 Maple Street, Winnipeg

1904

 

Fire Hall No. 4

470 Gertrude Avenue, Winnipeg

1904

 

Fire Hall No. 5

354 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1904

Demolished (2011)

Fire Hall No. 6

66 Pearl Street, Winnipeg

1904

 

Fire Hall No. 7

349 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg

1904

Demolished (1998)

Empire Hotel (renovations)

171 Main Street, Winnipeg

1904-1905

Demolished (1982)

Ashford Apartments

381 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg

1905

Demolished (?)

Brunswick Hotel

571 Main Street, Winnipeg

1905

Demolished (?)

James Grant Residence

Balmoral Street, Winnipeg

1905

 

Dr. Robert Mackenzie Residence

Broadway, Winnipeg

1905

 

Bijou Theatre

Albert Street, Winnipeg

1905

 

Glines House

55 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg

1906

 

Fire Hall No. 8

325 Talbot Avenue, Winnipeg

1906

 

Broadway Court Apartments

251 Broadway, Winnipeg

1906

Demolished (?)

F. C. Patterson Residence

Stradbrook Place, Winnipeg

1906

 

Albert Thexton Residence

Stradbrook Place, Winnipeg

1906

 

Touraine Apartments

410 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg

1907

Demolished (?)

Arthur Stewart Residence

67 Harvard Avenue, Winnipeg

1907

Demolished (?)

Fire Hall No. 9

1470 William Avenue West, Winnipeg

1909

 

Fire Hall No. 10

845 Sargent Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

 

Fire Hall No. 11

180 Sinclair Street, Winnipeg

1910

 

Fire Hall No. 12

1055 Dorchester Avenue, Winnipeg

1911

 

Rex Theatre / Epic Theatre

646 Main Street, Winnipeg

1912

Demolished (2008)

Coliseum Dance Hall

225 Fort Street, Winnipeg

1912

Demolished (?)

Canadian Film Exchange Theatre

646 Main Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Edisonia Movie Theatre / Colonial Theatre

608 Main Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

St. James Fire Hall

200 Berry Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

St. James School No. 7 / Linwood School

266 Linwood Street, Winnipeg

1914

 

Fire Hall No. 14

161 Lipton Street, Winnipeg

1914

 

Fire Hall No. 15

542 Osborne Street, Winnipeg

1914

 

St. Vital Fire Hall

600 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg

1914

 

Decker School No. 320

Decker, RM of Hamiota

1920

Demolished (?)

Oakwood School No. 439 (renovations)

Oak Lake, RM of Sifton

1921

 

Sperling Consolidated School No. 1488

Sperling, RM of Morris

1924

Demolished (2006)

Emerson Telephone Exchange Building

Emerson

1928

 

Roland Telephone Exchange Building

Roland

1928

 

Roblin Telephone Exchange Building

Roblin

1928

 

Crystal City Telephone Exchange Building

Crystal City

1928

 

Baldur Telephone Exchange Building

Baldur

1928

 

Elmwood Telephone Exchange Building

230 Martin Avenue West, Winnipeg

1928

 

The Pas Telephone Exchange Building

The Pas

1928

 

Glenwood School (expansion)

51 Blenheim Avenue, Winnipeg

1928-1929

 

Elm Creek Telephone Exchange Building

Elm Creek

1929

 

Binscarth Telephone Exchange Building

Binscarth

1929

 

Cartwright Telephone Exchange Building

Cartwright

1929

 

River Heights Telephone Exchange Building

413 Niagara Street, Winnipeg

1929

 

Apartment Block

Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg

1930

 

Miami Telephone Exchange Building

Miami

1930

 

Rivers Telephone Exchange Building

Rivers

1930

 

Beausejour Telephone Exchange Building

Beausejour

1930

 

Transcona Telephone Exchange Building

Transcona

1930

 

Virden Telephone Exchange Building

Virden

1930

 

Manitoba Telephone Commission Building

166 Portage Avenue East, Winnipeg

1931

 

Portage Avenue Telephone Exchange Building

Winnipeg

1931

 

Elkhorn Telephone Exchange Building

Elkhorn

1932

 

Swan River Telephone Exchange Building

Swan River

1935

 

Equipment Depot Storehouse (Renovations)

1569 Orange Street, Winnipeg

1935

 

Hamiota Telephone Exchange Building

Hamiota

1936

 

Stonewall Telephone Exchange Building

Stonewall

1941

 

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Tenders,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 April 1928, page 18.

Obituary [Gertrude Brathwalt], Manitoba Free Press, 13 April 1928, page 5.

“Tenders,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 July 1928, page 17.

“Tenders,” Manitoba Free Press, 16 February 1929, page 18.

“Tenders,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 August 1929, page 15.

“Plans ready for six new telephone exchanges,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 March 1930, page 31.

“New apartment block for Crescent locality,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 April 1930, page 29.

“Tenders,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 July 1930, page 17.

“Tenders for work on new telephone block opened,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 Jan 1931, page 2.

“Tenders - Main Telephone Exchange Building,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 1931, page 13.

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1932, page 15.

“New dwellings on Wolseley Avenue and Arlington St.,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1935, page 11.

“Tenders for new radio station to be called soon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 July 1936, page 3.

Obituary [Barbara Melville] Winnipeg Free Press, 20 September 1946, page 11.

“A. Melville, pioneer architect, dies at 76 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 1949, page 18.

“Pioneer city architect dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 April 1949, page 2.

“Social worker dies at age 74,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 April 1953, page 19.

Obituary [Alexander B. Melville], Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 1961, page 29.

Obituary [Williamina Gordon “Dolly” Melville], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 September 1975, page 39.

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

Glines House / Tremblay Apartments (55 Hargrave Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, July 1989.

Winnipeg Building Index

Charlesworth4 family tree, Ancestry.

We thank Patricia Tennent for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 April 2018

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