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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Henry Walker (1855-1927)

Architect.

Born in Ontario on 12 March 1855, he came to Winnipeg in October 1879, where he found work as a carpenter. From around 1898 to 1904, he worked as a draughtsman for Hugh McCowan and apparently also designed some small buildings on his own. Around 1906, Walker joined Samuel Hooper to form the architectural firm of Hooper and Walker. The practice was dissolved by early 1909. He later moved to British Columbia where he continued to work as an architect. He died at Victoria on 12 January 1927.

Some of the architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Kelly Building

181 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1904-1905

 

Adelaide Block

103-111 Osborne Street, Winnipeg

1906

 

Bardal Block

843 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1906

 

International Order of Good Templars Hall

635 Sargent Avenue, Winnipeg

1906

 

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Chapel and Winter Vault

506 Osborne Street, Winnipeg

1906

 

Tache School

Kenny Street, St. Boniface

1907-1908

Demolished (1963)

Black Building (expansion)

80 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg

1907-1908

 

Carnegie Library (addition)

380 William Avenue, Winnipeg

1908

 

Sources:

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

Kilgour Block / Kelly Building (181 Bannatyne Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, August 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 23 November 2021

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