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

Architect.

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:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Edmonton Duplex

368 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg

1901

 

Brown Block

325 Garry Street, Winnipeg

1903

 

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

James Avenue (at Louise Street), Winnipeg

1903

Collapsed (1905)

Trick Block

972½ Main Street, Winnipeg

1903

Demolished

Zimmerman Block / Hoffman Block

671-673 Main Street, Winnipeg

1903

Demolished (1987)

German Society Building

61 Heaton Avenue, Winnipeg

1904

 

House of Jacob Synagogue

45 Schultz Street, Winnipeg

1904

Demolished

West Hotel / New West Hotel [Kern Block]

786 Main Street, Winnipeg

1905

 

Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church

390 Dufferin Avenue, Winnipeg

1905

Demolished

Lauzon Block

339 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1905

 

Missler Terrace

247-251 Manitoba Avenue, Winnipeg

1909

 

German Lutheran Church

779 Manitoba Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

Demolished

Sources:

“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: 28 February 2016

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