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Memorable Manitobans: Mel Peaslee Michener (1930-2017)

Architect.

Born at Minneapolis, Minnesota on 27 November 1930, son of Arthur P. Michener (1898-1970) and Lillian “Letty” Peaslee (c1901-1970), he came to Winnipeg as a baby and was educated at St. Paul's High School and the University of Manitoba. In 1954, he founded the architectural firm of Libling Michener in partnership with Gerald A. Libling, later known as LM Architectural Group. He was a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada and Manitoba Association of Architects. He served as President of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce (1974-1976). He retired in 1996 and died on 11 October 2017.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Ralph Maybank School

20 Donnelly Street, Winnipeg

1957

 

Birchwood School

150 Moray Avenue, Winnipeg

1959

 

Austin Collegiate

Austin, Municipality of North Norfolk

1960

 

William Morton Collegiate

141 Morris Street South, Gladstone, Municipality of WestLake-Gladstone

1960-1961

 

Moosehorn Collegiate

Moosehorn, RM of Grahamdale

1961-1962

 

Inwood Collegiate

Inwood, RM of Armstrong

1962

 

Poplarfield Collegiate

Poplarfield, RM of Fisher

1962

 

Public Safety Building

151 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1965

 

Fisher Branch Collegiate Institute (expansion)

Fisher Branch, RM of Fisher

1970

 

Sources:

Obituary [Letty Michener], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1970, page 27.

Obituary [Arthur P. Michener], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 July 1970, page 30.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 2017.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 29 April 2020

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