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Memorable Manitobans: Francis Norlande “Frank” Ruttan (1885-1970)


Born at Winnipeg on 11 July 1885, son of Henry Norlande Ruttan and Andrina Barberie (1847-1941), he worked as an architect with the Commonwealth Construction Company. On 19 June 1912, he married Donna Louise Nicholls (1888-1988) at Winnipeg. They had no children. He died suddenly on 13 July 1970 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Tuxedo Golf Course Clubhouse




The Doctors’ Building / Hollenberg Clinic

394 Graham Avenue, Winnipeg



All Saints Anglican Parish Hall

175 Colony Street, Winnipeg


Demolished (2019)


Birth and marriage registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Tuxedo, latest of golf links, opens today,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 May 1934, page 2.

“Family of doctors building new clinic,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 May 1947, page 13.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 July 1970, page 31.

Obituary [Donna Louise Ruttan], Winnipeg Free Press, 26 November 1988, page 33.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 January 2020

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