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Memorable Manitobans: Frank Worthington Simon (1863-1933)


Born in England, he was educated in Wolverhampton and Birmingham before attending the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris. He commenced practice as an architect in Edinburgh in 1888. In 1912 he won a competition against 64 other architects for the design of the Manitoba legislative buildings, and he moved to Winnipeg to supervise the construction, leaving shortly after their completion in 1920 for Mentone, France, where he died. Simon also designed the Edinburgh International Exhibition Building, the Liverpool Cotton Exchange, and buildings at Liverpool University. He was the author of Etchings of Old Edinburgh.

See also:

Carrying the Torch: Optimistic Themes in the Classical Vocabulary of the Manitoba Legislative Building by Gavin Wiens
Manitoba History, Number 64, Fall 2010


“Designer of Legislative Buildings dies,” Winnipeg Tribune, 5 June 1933.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 July 2016

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