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Memorable Manitobans: David F. Thordarson (1926-2003)

Architect.

Born at Winnipeg on 22 January 1926, he attended Greenway School, General Wolfe School, and Daniel McIntyre Collegiate. While attending the University of Manitoba, he interrupted his studies in 1945 to enlist in the Canadian Army. Following his military discharge, he returned to the University and, in 1949, received an Architecture degree, reportedly the first graduate in this program of Icelandic descent. He joined the architectural firm of Green, Blankstein, and Russell, serving with it until his retirement in 1990. He designed several of the buildings at the University of Manitoba’s main campus in Fort Garry. He died at Winnipeg on 13 December 2003.

His architectural works in Winnipeg included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Elizabeth Dafoe Library

University of Manitoba

1952

 

St. George’s Anglican Church

168 Wilton Street

1957

 

Assiniboia Downs

3975 Portage Avenue

1958

 

Polo Park Shopping Centre

1485 Portage Avenue

1958

 

Norquay Building

401 York Avenue

1959

 

Allen Building

University of Manitoba

1961

 

Armes Lecture Building

University of Manitoba

1961

 

Cyclotron Research Facility

University of Manitoba

1961

 

Parker Building

University of Manitoba

1961

 

Winnipeg City Hall

510 Main Street

1962-1965

 

St. Andrew’s College

University of Manitoba

1963

 

Winnipeg International Airport Terminal

2000 Wellington Avenue

1964

 

Duff Roblin Building

University of Manitoba

1970

 

Freshwater Institute Building

University of Manitoba

1972

 

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 16 December 2003, page 21.

Winnipeg Building Index

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 27 June 2015

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