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Memorable Manitobans: Ralph Benjamin Pratt (1872-1950)

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Ralph Benjamin Pratt
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Born at London, England on 9 August 1872, son of Joseph and Jane Pratt, he was educated at London before coming to Canada in 1891 and to Manitoba the next year. He worked as an architectural and engineering draftsman for the Canadian Pacific Railway at Winnipeg from 1895 to 1901, and a railway architect for the Canadian Northern Railway from 1901 to 1906. He formed an architectural partnership with Donald Aynsley Ross in 1906, specializing in structural and civil engineering projects. He served as President of the Manitoba Association of Architects from 1917 to 1919.

On 23 October 1900, he married Euphemia Maude Monnington (1874-1977) at Winnipeg. They had three children: George Ralph Monnington Pratt (1901-1983), Olive Maude Grace Pratt (1904-2004, wife of Herbert Carey), and Camden James Charles Pratt (1915-1984). In 1911, the family lived at 261 Carlton Street, Winnipeg. His recreations included canoeing and skating. He was a member of the Anglican church.

He died at St. Boniface on 14 March 1950 and was buried in the St. John’s Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Canadian Pacific Railway Station

Virden

1900

 

Canadian Pacific Railway Statin

Kenton

1902

 

Canadian Northern Railway Station

Carberry

1904

 

Canadian Northern Railway Station

Portage la Prairie

1904

 

Canadian Pacific Railway Station

Morden

1905

Pembina Threshermen’s Museum

Winnipeg Amphitheatre

49 Whitehall Avenue, Winnipeg

1908

 

Garry Block

290 Garry Street, Winnipeg

1911

 

Prince Edward Hotel

Princess Avenue, Brandon

1912

 

Electric Railway Chambers

213 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Scott Block (restoration)

272 Main Street, Winnipeg

1915

 

Assiniboine School

175 Winston Road, Winnipeg

1922

 

First Presbyterian Church

61 Picardy Place, Winnipeg

1927

 

Northern Electric Building

65 Rorie Street, Winnipeg

1928

 

Sherbrook Pool

381 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1931

 

Winnipeg Civic Auditorium

200 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg

1932

 

Sources:

Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Local notes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 November 1904, page 5.

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.

“Pioneer architect R. B. Pratt dies at age of 78,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 March 1950, page 26.

“Euphemia Pratt 100-year-old,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 February 1974, page 22.

Obituary [Euphemia Monnington Pratt], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 October 1977, page 71.

Obituary [George Ralph Monnington Pratt], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 1983, page 53.

Obituary [Camden James Charles Pratt], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1984, page 59.

Railway Stations of Manitoba edited by David Butterfield, Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Department of Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 1984, 233 pages.

Grace Carey (Pratt), Geni.

We thank Robert Hill for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 September 2015

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