Historic Sites of Manitoba: Waddell Fountain (410 Cumberland Avenue, Winnipeg)

This fountain in Central Park commemorates Emily Margaret Waddell (1850-1908), who stipulated in her will that if her husband Thomas Waddell, a local temperance leader, remarried, he should donate $10,000 for the construction of a fountain. Mr. Waddell, who did remarry, was able to raise the funds and in 1914 met his obligation. The fountain was designed by local architect John Manuel, based on an 1844 Gothic Revival monument in Edinburgh, Scotland. Manuel also designed structures at the University of Manitoba and was active in the Manitoba Association of Architects before relocating to Alberta in 1927 to direct construction of Canadian Pacific Railway hotels at Banff and Lake Louise. The fountain is a municipality-designated historic site.

In 2010, the Waddell Fountain was restored. Later that year, the project received a Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Award.

Waddell Fountain

Waddell Fountain (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89656, W97.14875
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Waddell Fountain (Central Park), Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 January 2020

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