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Memorable Manitobans: David William Fair Nichols (1881-1951)

Draftsman, architect.

Born in England in 1881, he apprenticed as a draftsman with Burke & Horwood of Toronto from 1897 to 1902, then worked briefly as a draftsman for two Winnipeg architects, John Hamilton Gordon Russell and John Danley Atchison. He stayed in Winnipeg until 1915, designing several houses and churches, and some joint projects with Norman M. Moffat and James Pender West. By 1917, he had moved to Windsor, Ontario.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Falls House

36 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg

1907

 

Bettes Block

289 Carlton Street, Winnipeg

1907-1908

Demolished (?)

McKenty House

106 Middle Gate, Winnipeg

1909

 

Hackney House

138 East Gate, Winnipeg

1911

 

St. Margaret’s Anglican Church

160 Ethelbert Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Northland Knitting Building

618 Arlington Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Edgar Court

401 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

St. Alban’s Anglican Church (expansion)

468 Rathgar Avenue, Winnipeg

1915

Demolished (1950)

Cornish Public Baths

Winnipeg

?

 

Sources:

J. C. Falls House (36 Roslyn Road), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, January 1994.

Winnipeg Buildings Index.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

We thank Gail Singleton for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 January 2022

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