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Memorable Manitobans: Herbert John Payton (1879-1934)


He worked as a contractor at Toronto before beginning to work as an architect there in 1906. He moved to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1912, to Winnipeg in 1919, then to Dauphin in 1920. He had discontinued his practice by 1924 and was living at Port Arthur [now Thunder Bay], Ontario. He died there on 6 December 1934.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Houston House

Fifth Avenue NW at First Street NW, Dauphin



Smith-Jackson School

701 First Street SE, Dauphin


Demolished (late 1980s)


“Tenders for seven-room school building,” Dauphin Herald and Press, 17 June 1920, page 1.

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

This page was prepared by Robert Hill and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 6 December 2020

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