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Memorable Manitobans: James R. Bowes (1851-1892)


Son of Ottawa architect John Bowes (1821-1894), it is suspected that he was in Winnipeg from 1881 to early 1882, working in partnership with C. A. Barber in the firm of Barber & Bowes, during which time he helped to design such buildings as the second Manitoba Legislature building. He practiced alone in Winnipeg for a brief period in 1883. Bowes died in a building fire at Hanford, California on 4 January 1892 and was buried there.


“Bowes returns to Winnipeg,” Manitoba Free Press, 3 February 1883, page 8.

J. Bowes & Son, Architects in Ottawa by Elizabeth V. Krug, Bytown Pamphlet Series No. 73, The Historical Society of Ottawa, 2008.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 16 July 2013

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