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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Harbidge Parr (1849-1914)

Architect, engineer.

Born in England on 22 February 1849, he came to Canada in 1871. He arrived in Winnipeg two years later and served as City Engineer until 1883. He designed City buildings and also took private commissions, alone or briefly (in 1881) in partnership with William T. Dalton. In May 1883, he was fired by the city council after having made “several important blunders during the past year which resulted in serious financial loss to the City”. He remained in Winnipeg until 1892 when he moved to British Columbia and worked as a surveyor and civil engineer for the City of Victoria. He and wife Sarah Annie Saxelby (1848-1912) had three children, all born in Manitoba: Edgar Saxelby Parr (b 1883), Ellen Jane Parr (b 1888), and Agnes Gertrude Parr (b 1889). Parr died at Victoria on 11 June 1914.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

J. H. Ashdown Residence

Euclid Avenue, Winnipeg

1877

 

Andrew Strang Residence

Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1880

 

James Mulligan Residence

Boundary Street, Winnipeg

1880

 

Rev. O. Fortin Residence

Hargrave Street, Winnipeg

1880

 

Argyle School No. 1

Argyle Street, Winnipeg

1881

Demolished

S. J. Jackson Residence

Stonewall

1881

 

Duffin Block

Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1881-1882

 

Central Fire Hall

William Avenue, Winnipeg

1882

 

South Fire Hall

Smith Street, Winnipeg

1882

 

Sources:

“Probable promotion”, Manitoba Free Press, 5 March 1883, page 8.

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Quiet Dignity: Aspects of Building Schools in the Winnipeg School Division No. 1, 1871-1928 by Giles Bugailiskis, MA thesis, Department of History, University of Manitoba, 1990.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1910.

1449 Grant Street,” Victoria Heritage Foundation.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 April 2015

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