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Memorable Manitobans: Ian McKenzie Brown (1928-1974)

Architect.

Born at Morden on 25 December 1928, son of David Andrew Brown and Edith Merle McKenzie (1900-1995), he grew up in Brandon, attending Fleming School, Earl Oxford School, and Brandon Collegiate. Around 1952, he received a degree in architecture from the University of Manitoba. Initially a Brandon-based partner in the Winnipeg architectural firm of Smith Carter and Associates, he later established his own practice at Brandon, operating it until his death.

On 24 July 1954, he married Shirley Ethel Faggetter (1928-1974) at Knox United Church in Brandon and they had two daughters and a son. He served on the Brandon Town Planning Advisory Board and was a President of the Brandon Rotary Club (1969-1970).

He and his wife were killed on 22 November 1974, in an automobile accident on the Trans-Canada Highway near Carberry, and were buried in the Brandon Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Douglas School

Douglas, RM of Elton

1955

 

CKX Building

2940 Victoria Avenue, Brandon

1955

 

Knox United Church

451 Eighteenth Street, Brandon

1955-1956

 

J. R. Reid School

813 Twenty-Sixth Street, Brandon

1957-1958

 

Imperial Bank of Canada Building

1016 Rosser Avenue, Brandon

1957-1958

 

Children’s Aid Society Building

108 Eighteenth Avenue, Brandon

1958

 

Riverdale Hospital

Rivers, Municipality of Riverdale

1959-1960

 

Belmont School

Belmont, RM of Prairie Lakes

1959-1960

Closed (2002)

Fairview Senior Citizens Home

1351 Thirteenth Street, Brandon

1959-1960

 

Harrison High School

415 Queens Avenue, Brandon

1960-1961

 

Reston Collegiate

Reston, RM of Pipestone

1961-1962

 

George Fitton School (addition)

1129 Third Street, Brandon

1965-1966

 

Education Building, Brandon University

270 Eighteenth Street, Brandon

1966-1967

 

Deloraine Senior Citizens Home

Deloraine, Municipality of Deloraine-Winchester

1968-1969

 

Brandon Mennonite Brethren Church

1203 Fourth Street, Brandon

1969-1970

 

Brandon City Hall

410 Ninth Street, Brandon

1970-1971

 

Princess Park Apartments

249 Ninth Street, Brandon

1970-1971

 

Red Oak Inn

3130 Victoria Avenue, Brandon

1971-1972

 

Princess Towers

248 Eighth Street, Brandon

1971-1972

 

Scotia Towers

1011 Rosser Avenue, Brandon

1972-1973

 

Red Oak Inn (addition)

3130 Victoria Avenue, Brandon

1973-1974

 

Fort Garry Trust Building

921 Rosser Avenue, Brandon

1973

 

Pizza Place Building

Ninth Street, Brandon

1974

 

Sources:

“Brown and Faggetter vows made in Brandon,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 July 1954, page 11.

“Combined operation proves efficient and economical,” Brandon Sun, 22 September 1955, page 23.

“New building to house old friend,” Brandon Sun, 24 January 1958, page 15.

“Tender let,” Brandon Sun, 1 March 1958, page 1.

“Early start on Fairview,” Brandon Sun, 13 January 1959, page 1.

“Tenders called for new school,” Brandon Sun, 17 January 1959, page 1.

“Rivers hospital officially open,” Brandon Sun, 11 February 1960, page 3.

“Reston Collegiate opens,” Brandon Sun, 5 May 1962, page 3.

“Dr. Johnson opens education building,” Brandon Sun, 23 September 1967, page 5.

“Arch becomes link as new home opens,” Brandon Sun, 8 September 1969, page 2.

“Hold service of dedication,” Brandon Sun, 13 June 1970, page 10.

“Colorful opening for new civic building,” Brandon Sun, 8 February 1971, page 1.

“Proposed office-apartment will rise 12 storeys,” Brandon Sun, 10 January 1973, page 1.

“Building permits boost 1973 total,” Brandon Sun, 22 March 1973, page 1.

“Red Oak Inn plans 100-room expansion,” Brandon Sun, 19 July 1973, page 1.

“Well-known area residents dead,” Brandon Sun, 23 November 1974, page 1.

“Keystone notebook,” Brandon Sun, 16 December 1974, page 10.

Grave transcriptions, Brandon Cemetery.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 August 2021

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