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Memorable Manitobans: Johann “John” Schwab (1864-1931)


Born in Austria on 12 February 1864, he came to Winnipeg in 1898 and became a Canadian citizen in 1903. He worked as an architect until at least 1916. Schwab died at the Winnipeg General Hospital on 12 January 1931 and was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery. He was survived by widow Sabina “Sofia” Strobel (1867-1938), a daughter, and seven sons.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Edmonton Duplex

368 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg



Brown Block

325 Garry Street, Winnipeg



Hoover and Town Manufacturing Building [four-storey brick structure]

James Avenue (at Louise Street), Winnipeg


Collapsed (1905)

Trick Block

972½ Main Street, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)

Zimmerman Block / Hoffman Block

671-673 Main Street, Winnipeg


Demolished (1987)

Havana Cigar Syndicate Block

187 Sutherland Avenue, Winnipeg



German Society Building

61 Heaton Avenue, Winnipeg



House of Jacob Synagogue

45 Schultz Street, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

390 Dufferin Avenue, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)

Lauzon Block

339 William Avenue, Winnipeg



Central Block

333 William Avenue, Winnipeg



Missler Terrace

247-251 Manitoba Avenue, Winnipeg



German Lutheran Church

779 Manitoba Avenue, Winnipeg


Demolished (?)


“Tragic horror wrought by storm at midnight,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 July 1905, page 1.

“Was it wind or lightning,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 July 1905, page 8.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Deaths and funerals,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 January 1931, page 4.

“Mrs. Sabina Schwab,” Winnipeg Tribune, 9 March 1938, page 5.

Some Old Winnipeg Buildings by Randy R. Rostecki, MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 29, 1972-73 Season.

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: 9 January 2022

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