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Memorable Manitobans: James Pender West (1868-1939)

Architect.

Born at Suffolk, England in May 1868, son of George West and Margaret Logan, he was educated in Bungay before apprenticing as an architect. He spent ten years practising his profession in the Cape Colony (South Africa) before coming to Winnipeg in 1909, where he joined the architectural staff of the city power department. He was also active in the city planning movement before the First World War. In 1912 he entered private practice with D. W. F. Nichols. He returned to England with his wife Eleanor in 1939 and died at Horsham, West Sussex on 25 December 1939.

Some of the architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Hekla Apartments

260 Toronto Street, Winnipeg

1910

 

Hydro Sub-Station No. 1

54 King Street, Winnipeg

1910-1911

 

Hydro Sub-Station No. 2

300 McPhillips Street, Winnipeg

1912

Demolished (?)

St. Margaret’s Anglican Church

160 Ethelbert Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Allison Apartments / Skjaldbreid Apartments

745 Wolseley Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Vinborg Apartments

594 Agnes Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Edgar Court

401 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Sources:

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.

Death certificate reference number: Horsham, 2b 907, December 1939, General Register Office (UK).

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

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

We thank Sara Mazzoni for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2020

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