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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Frank Peters (1847-1926)

Architect.

Born at Yeovil, Somerset, England on 7 November 1847, eldest son of Samuel and Anne Peters, he emigrated to Canada with his parents, his father practicing as a civil engineer at London, Ontario. He was educated at public schools and Hellmuth College (London, Ontario), and the University of Toronto. He began the practice of architecture at London, Ontario in 1872. He came to Winnipeg in July 1892 where he served as an architect for the provincial and federal governments. It is said that Peters designed the first apartment block in Winnipeg. He served as the first President of the Manitoba Association of Architects.

On 30 October 1873, he married Sarah Lucinda Jones (1850-1943) at London, Ontario. They had three sons: Edgar Horace Peters (1875-1935), Harry Allan Peters (1877-?), and Frank Roy Peters (1888-?). During the 1885 North West Rebellion, he was a Captain of the 7th Fusiliers, suffering injuries that resulted in the loss of an arm. He was a member of the Winnipeg Military Institute, Manitoba Navy League, AF & AM, and the Anglican Church. His recreations included all outdoor amateur sports.

He died at his son’s home in St. Vital on 29 May 1926 and was buried in St. John’s Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Ashdown Warehouse

167 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1894

 

Wesley Hall

515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1894-1895

 

St. James Anglican Church

535 Mountain Avenue, Neepawa

1897

 

Alloway Building

179 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1898

 

Osler, Hammond & Nanton Building

Main Street, Winnipeg

1898

 

London Building

432 Main Street, Winnipeg

1898

 

Union Bank Annex

500 Main Street, Winnipeg

1898

 

Manitoba College of Pharmacy Building

422 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

1899

 

McClary Building

185-87 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1899

 

Merchants Bank

371 Main Street, Winnipeg

1900

 

Temple Building

325 Donald Street, Winnipeg

1900

 

Joseph Maw Warehouse

McFarlane Street at Point Douglas Avenue

1901

 

Cockshutt Plow Building

238 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1902

 

Manitoba Club

194 Broadway, Winnipeg

1904

 

Massey-Harris Building

294-296 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1904

 

Pilkington Brothers Building

Market Street East, Winnipeg

1904

 

Miller and Richard Warehouse

121-123 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1904-1905

 

Strathclair Town Hall

Strathclair

1904-1905

 

Bank of Montreal Building

464 Stradbrook Avenue, Winnipeg

1905

 

Hamiota School (addition)

Hamiota

1908

 

Ezra Mott residence

139 Middle Gate, Winnipeg

1911

 

Cornish Library

20 West Gate, Winnipeg

1914

 

Western Canada Military Institute Building

Fort Rouge at Logan Avenue, Winnipeg

?

 

Sources:

Ontario birth and marriage registrations, Ancestry.

The Canadian Architect and Builder, Volume 10, Issue 1, page 4, 1897.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Capt. F. S. Peters dies after brief illness,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 May 1926, page 3.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 1 June 1926, page 20.

Obituary [Edgar Horace Peters], Winnipeg Tribune, 23 April 1935, page 6.

Obituary [Sarah Lucinda Peters], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1943, page 2.

Winnipeg Buildings Index

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 August 2015

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