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Memorable Manitobans: Arthur Thomas Timewell (1841-1906)

Architect, civil engineer.

Born at Middlesex, England on 6 March 1841, he trained as a civil engineer before coming to Manitoba around March 1883, applying unsuccessfully for the job of Winnipeg city engineer. He resided for a time at Brandon where he practiced as an architect with Edward McCroskrie, after which he formed his own architectural and contractor partnership with his son Arthur W. Timewell, operating as Timewell & Son. He served as a site inspector for the several construction projects, including the Brandon Court House and municipal bridges in the Rural Municipality of Pipestone. They otherwise specialized in designing grain elevators. By 1886, he had returned to Winnipeg. He moved to Spokane, Washington in October 1890 and patented a machine for the sewing and filling of ore sacks in 1894, licensing production to the Pacific Sack Sewing Machine Company. He later resided at Chicago before returning to England where he died at his home on 26 August 1906. He was survived by seven children.

Some of the architectural works in Manitoba included:





Brandon Agricultural Exhibition Hall

Exhibition Grounds, Brandon


Destroyed in a storm (1904)

Brandon Fire Hall

Princess Avenue at Seventh Street, Brandon


Demolished (1911)

Brandon Masonic Hall




Mitchell Block

173 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg



All Saint’s Anglican Church School




George Foulds Building

Main Street at Market Avenue, Winnipeg



Owen Street Warehouse

Owen Street, Winnipeg



J. A. Shortt Residence

Langside Street, Winnipeg



George Young Residence

Mayfair Avenue, Winnipeg



A. H. Smith Grain Elevator

Shoal Lake



Hudson’s Bay Company Elevator




Gerald F. Brophy Residence

Roslyn Road, Winnipeg



L. M. Lewis Residence

Roslyn Road, Winnipeg



W. F. Hall Residences

Near the Manitoba College



Dr. Bernardo Residence




Birds Hill Public School

Birds Hill


Demolished (?)

Law & Pearson Grain Elevator




Biggs Block (renovations)





“Personal,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 2 March 1883, page 8.

“Personal,” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 24 May 1883, page 5.

“City and Province [Timewell],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 13 August 1883, page 8.

“Virden [municipal bridge inspection near Pipestone],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 18 February 1884, page 3.

“To contractors!” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 20 August 1884, page 4.

“Tenders! [All Saints’ Church School] and [George Foulds Building] and [A. H. Smith Mill and Elevator] and [Owen Street Warehouse],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 12 June 1886, page 4.

“City and Province [Timewell & Son],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 29 June 1886, page 4.

“Legal intelligence [Brandon Masonic Hall],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 22 April 1887, page 4.

“To contractors [two semi-detached residences near Manitoba College, W.F. Hall],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 2 August 1887, page 4.

“To contractors [Dr. Bernardo],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 8 October 1887, page 4.

“Personal [Dr. Bernardo Home and Neepawa Messrs. Law & Pearson Elevator],” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 13 June 1888, page 4.

“To general contractors!” Manitoba Daily Free Press, 13 November 1889, page 4.

“City and country,” Manitoba Free Press, 27 October 1890, page 6.

“Sacking ore by machine,” Daily Intermountain Post [Butte, Montana], 4 May 1894, page 4.

“Mr. Timewell’s success,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 May 1894, page 6.

Obituary, Chicago Daily Tribune, 9 September 1906, page 5.

“Looking backward,” Manitoba Free Press, 29 March 1918.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

Mackey Family Tree, Ancestry.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 5 April 2018

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