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Memorable Manitobans: Ernest John Smith (1919-2004)

Architect.

Born at Winnipeg on 17 December 1919, he studied architecture at the University of Manitoba (receiving the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Gold Medal) and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In 1947, in partnership with Dennis H. Carter and Walter Katelnikoff, he established the firm of Smith, Carter and Katelnikoff, serving as its managing partner until retirement in 1985. It became one of Canada’s largest architectural and engineering practices, responsible for the design and construction of numerous Winnipeg buildings. Notable building elsewhere included Place d’Accuiel Expo 67 in Montreal, the Canadian Chancery Building in Warsaw, Kermanshah Technical Training Centre in Iran, and the Canadian Embassy Building in Moscow.

He served as President of the Manitoba Association of Architects (1956-1961), Chairman of the National Joint Committee on Construction Materials (1963-1965), and Dean (1972-1975) and Chancellor (1979) of the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He was a member of the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (President, 1969-1971), and Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (1974).

He died at The Pas on 22 October 2004.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Angus McKay School

850 Woodvale Street, Winnipeg

1953

 

Glenlawn Collegiate (expansion)

770 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg

1954

 

Windsor School (renovations)

80 Cunnington Avenue, Winnipeg

1954

 

Archwood School (expansion)

800 Archibald Street, Winnipeg

1955

 

Pan-Am Pool

25 Poseidon Bay, Winnipeg

?

 

Manitoba Centennial Concert Hall

555 Main Street, Winnipeg

?

 

Manitoba Museum

190 Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg

?

 

Lombard Place / Richardson Building

1 Lombard Place, Winnipeg

?

 

School of Architecture

University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)

?

 

St. John’s Ravenscourt School

400 South Drive, Winnipeg

?

 

Norwood Collegiate / Nelson McIntyre Collegiate

188 St. Mary’s Road, Winnipeg

1956

 

Steinbach Fire Hall

Steinbach

c1956

 

Woodhaven School

127 Glendale Boulevard, Winnipeg

1956-1957

 

Angus McKay School (expansion)

850 Woodvale Street, Winnipeg

1958

 

Munroe Junior High School

405 Munroe Avenue, Winnipeg

1958

 

Jameswood School

1 Braintree Crescent, Winnipeg

1958

 

Silver Heights Collegiate (expansion)

350 Lodge Avenue, Winnipeg

1958

Demolished (c2009)

McLeod School

530 McLeod Avenue, Winnipeg

1959

 

Morse Place Junior High School

795 Prince Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg

1959

 

Golden Gate School

330 Bruce Avenue, Winnipeg

1959-1960

 

Angus McKay School (expansion)

850 Woodvale Street, Winnipeg

1960

 

Neil Campbell School (expansion)

845 Golspie Street, Winnipeg

1960

 

Hampstead School

920 Hampstead Avenue, Winnipeg

1960

 

Monarch Life Building

333 Broadway, Winnipeg

1960-1961

 

Pembina Crest School (expansion)

1551 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg

1961

 

Great West Life Building

100 Osborne Street North, Winnipeg

?

 

Seven Oaks General Hospital

2300 McPhillips Street, Winnipeg

?

 

Grace General Hospital

300 Booth Drive, Winnipeg

1966-1967

 

Bank of Nova Scotia and Concourse

Portage and Main, Winnipeg

?

 

Prince Charles School

Third Street Southwest, Portage la Prairie

1969

 

Concordia General Hospital

1095 Concordia Avenue, Winnipeg

1971-1974

 

General Wolfe Street

661 Banning Street, Winnipeg

1976-1977

 

Sources:

“Notice to tender [Glenlawn Collegiate and Windsor School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1954, page 38.

“Town of Transcona,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 1955, page 44.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 2004.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 9 May 2015

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