Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gemmill House (157 West Gate, Winnipeg)

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This two-storey stone veneer and wood frame residence in the Armstrong’s Point area of Winnipeg was designed by local architect Cyril William Upton Chivers and built between 1913 and 1914 for Emily Helen Gemmill (1857-1933), daughter of the founder of Ogilvie Flour Mills and widow of federal civil servant John Alexander Gemmill (1846-1905).





Emily Helen Gemmill (1857-1933)


Douglas MacKay




Andrew Murray Smith Ross (1879-1943)




R. O. Abel


Peter & Annie Matt


S and M Enterprises


Douglas John Irving (1921-1977)
Marjorie Joan Shenton Irving Perrin (c1926-2005)




Reginald Robert “Reg” Skene (c1934-2016)


Paul & Mary Loewen

Photos & Coordinates

Gemmill House

Gemmill House (1976)
Source: Winnipeg Buildings Index, GHC-50

Gemmill House

Gemmill House (April 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87515, W97.15583
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Cyril William Upton Chivers (1879-1969)

Memorable Manitobans: Reginald Robert “Reg” Skene (c1934-2016)

Historical Tours in Manitoba: A Walking Tour of Armstrong’s Point by Patricia Thomson

Manitoba Business: Ogilvie Flour Mills Company


Birth registration [Douglas John Irving], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Society,” Winnipeg Tribune, 7 March 1934, page 6.

“Holy Trinity Church scene of Irving-Shenton bridal,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 June 1947, page 9.

Obituary [Marjorie Joan Perrin], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 June 2005.

Armstrong's Point: A History by Randy R. Rostecki, Winnipeg: Heritage Winnipeg Corporation, 2009.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Henderson Directories Limited, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Emily Helen Ogilvie Gemmill, FindAGrave.

We thank Ryan Irving and Darryl Resch for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by George Penner and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 February 2023

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