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Memorable Manitobans: Charles Saunders Bridgman (1876-1965)

Architect.

Born at Toronto, Ontario on 14 February 1876, son of William Bridgman and Elizabeth Saunders, he moved with his family to London, Ontario where he took his early schooling, later studying architecture at the Atelier Masqueray in New York City from about 1892 to 1897, when he commenced an architectural practice with C. A. Rich. On 1 January 1903 he married Maida Helena McBroom of London and, later that year, they moved to Winnipeg where he practised architecture until 1937. He retired to London, Ontario in 1938.

During the Second World War, he was called into service in the construction of Air Training Stations in central Ontario and, after the war, he returned to private practice with his brother Gordon Bridgman. He retired a second time in 1955. He died at London, Ontario on 17 October 1965.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

St. Luke’s Anglican Church

130 Nassau Street North, Winnipeg

1904-1905

 

S. C. Corbett Residence

Armstrong’s Point, Winnipeg

1905

 

Waldon House

97 West Gate, Winnipeg

1906

 

St. Giles Presbyterian Church

294 Burrows Avenue, Winnipeg

1908

 

Riley House

90 East Gate, Winnipeg

1909

 

Dr. Raymond Brown Residence

Ethelbert Street, Winnipeg

1911

 

Ira S. K. Weber Residence

283 Yale Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

Anvers Apartment Block

758 McMillan Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

DeBary Apartment Block

626 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg

1912

 

W. Arthur Hossie Residence

Godfrey Street, Winnipeg

1913

 

West St. Paul Municipal Building

West St. Paul

1917

 

Dawson Richardson Building

171 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg

1921

 

Cypress River United Church

Cypress River, RM of Victoria

1921

 

Blackstone Apartments

100 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg

1927

 

Manitou Opera House

325 Main Street, Manitou, Municipality of Pembina

1930

 

Strand Theatre (renovation)

557 Main Street, Winnipeg

1930

Demolished (1966)

Sources:

Advertisement, Manitoba Free Press, 25 February 1904, page 2.

“New St. Giles’ is a beautiful edifice,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 March 1908, page 5.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1965, page 17.

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

Winnipeg Building Index, University of Manitoba.

We thank L. D. Laird and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 May 2019

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