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Memorable Manitobans: John Danley Atchison (1870-1959)

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Born at Monmouth, Illinois on 17 February 1870, son of Nathaniel Atchison and Elizabeth Danley, he was trained at the Chicago Art Institute and the Chicago Manual Training School before moving to Winnipeg in 1905. He served as President of the Manitoba Association of Architects (1911) and was a member of the Art Committee of the Winnipeg School of Art from 1913 to 1923. Atchison was the most important “Chicago style” architect in Winnipeg, designing nearly 100 buildings.

He and wife Grace Relyea Abeel (1871-?) had four children, the youngest two of whom were born in Winnipeg: Isabel Relyea Atchison (1902-1978), Elizabeth Danley “Betty” Atchison (1905-?), John Danley Atchison (1907-1968), and Robert Abeel Atchison (1910-1993). In September 1923, the family moved to Los Angeles, California where he continued his architectural practice.

He died at Los Angeles on 20 June 1959 and was buried there.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Kennedy Block

315 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1906

 

Wardlaw Apartments

544 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg

1906

 

Hample Building

271 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1906

 

Fairchild Building

110-120 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1907

 

Peck Building (addition)

33 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1907

 

Campbell House

16 Ruskin Row, Winnipeg

1908

 

Dennistoun House

166 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg

1908

Demolished (2017)

Inglis Building (addition)

291 Garry Street, Winnipeg

1908

 

Devon Court

376 Broadway, Winnipeg

1908

Demolished (?)

Canada Permanent Building

296-298 Garry Street, Winnipeg

1909

 

Edmonton Block

383-389 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1909

Demolished (?)

Grosvenor Court

161-165 Stafford Street, Winnipeg

1909

 

Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner Building

234 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1909

 

Maltese Cross Building

66 King Street, Winnipeg

1909

 

Paterson Block

54 Donald Street, Winnipeg

1909

 

Dr. Charles A. Mackenzie House

408 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg

1909

 

Great West Life Building

177 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg

1909-1911

 

Eastern Townships Bank

367-369 Main Street, Winnipeg

1910

Demolished (?)

Orpheum Theatre

283 Fort Street, Winnipeg

1910

Demolished (?)

Allan Killam McKay Building

364 Main Street, Winnipeg

1911-1912

Demolished (?)

Boyd Building

388 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Cadomin Building

280 Main Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Carlton Building

354 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Industrial Bureau Exposition Building

Main Street at Water Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

Demolished (?)

Mac’s Building

585 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Union Tower Building

387 Main Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

All Souls’ Unitarian Church

Furby Street cor Westminster, Winnipeg

1913

 

Merchants Bank

1386 Main Street, Winnipeg

1913

 

Union Trust Tower

191 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Tribune Building

257 Smith Street, Winnipeg

1913-1914

Demolished (1983)

Ames Holden McCready Building

318 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1914

 

Curry Building

227-249 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1915

 

Lord Kitchener School

1490 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg

1915

 

Lord Wolseley School

939 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg

1915

 

Salisbury School No. 1

795 Prince Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg

1915

 

Bank of Hamilton

395 Main Street, Winnipeg

1916-1918

 

Willys Overland Building

686 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1916

 

Bank of Commerce

315 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1919

 

Red Cross Lodge, Fort Osborne Barracks

Tuxedo

1919

Demolished (?)

Manitoba School for the Deaf

500 Shaftesbury Boulevard, Winnipeg

1921-1922

 

Medical Arts Building

Graham Avenue at Kennedy Street, Winnipeg

1922-1923

 

Sources:

Birth registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

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

The Leading Financial, Business & Professional Men of Winnipeg, published by Edwin McCormick, Photographs by T. J. Leatherdale, Compiled and printed by Stone Limited, c1913. [copy available at the Archives of Manitoba]

“Tenders for building,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 June 1914, page 2.

“East Kildonan building three fine new schools,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 April 1915, page 4.

“Society,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 September 1923, page 8.

Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by J. M. Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

Crescentwood, A History by R. R. Rostecki, Winnipeg: Crescentwood Home Owners Association, 1993.

John Danley Atchison, Geni.

John Danley Atchison, FindAGrave.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 February 2019

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