Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Smith (1840-1913)
Architect, civil servant.
Born at Bristol, Quebec on 1 November 1840, he was educated at Ottawa, Ontario. In 1877, he joined the federal Department of Public Works where he was a draughtsman under architect Thomas S. Scott. In August 1882, he was transferred to Winnipeg to supervise Scott’s design for Government House.
He was appointed local Superintendent of Public Works for all of western Canada, responsible for the construction of all federal buildings from Port Arthur [Thunder Bay] to British Columbia. He retired in 1900 and took up private practice in Winnipeg specialising in industrial architecture. He formed a partnership with William Bruce in 1907 and, two years later, took on the added reponsibility of provincial factory inspector for the provincial government. He also served as President of the Winnipeg Industrial Exhibition.
He died at his Winnipeg home, 114 Balmoral Place, on 12 July 1913 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and two children.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
“Apartment buildings and hotels,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1907, page 28.
“Winnipeg’s big building development during 1908,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1908, page 31.
“Daniel Smith dead,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 July 1913, page 16.
Daniel Smith, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.
We thank Grace Jacobs, George Penner, and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 March 2023