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Memorable Manitobans: William Alexander Elliott (1866-1957)


Born at Wingham, Ontario on 18 August 1866, son of John Elliott and Annie Irwin, he was educated at local schools and at Degolia, Pennsylvania, leaving school at the age of 15 to work for three years on the family farm. In 1886, he crossed the Atlantic Ocean to London, England in charge of a shipment of cattle, returning the next year to apprentice as a carpenter at Auburn, Ontario. He moved to Toronto in early 1889 then on to Chicago the next year. He worked for the Chicago Edison Light Company from 1891 to 1893 installing electric light equipment. While there he took a course in architecture at the Chicago Polytechnic Institute. Ill health compelled him to return to Canada.

In 1894 he went to New York City, taking a three-year course in architecture from the Pallace School of Architecture. He then opened an architectural practice at Anaconda, Montana, staying there until 1899 when he moved to Brandon and continued to work as an architect. A few years later, he opened a branch office at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In April 1913, he was appointed an inspector for the new Legislative Building being constructed in Winnipeg.

On 9 November 1898, he married Hester Eldridge (1879-1946) at Anaconda, Montana. They had eight children: Egbert Eldridge Elliott (1899-1971), Louis John Elliott (1901-?), William Harris Elliott (1902-?), Allegra Elliott (1903-?), Stanley Henderson Elliott (1904-?), James Alexander Elliott (1906-?), Justice Henderson Elliott (1909-?), and Myrtle Elliott (1911-?). During the winter the family resided at 116 Eleventh Street, Brandon and in the summer they lived at the corner of Fourth Street and Richmond Avenue. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Methodist Episcopal Church, and was active in conservative politics in Brandon. He performed throughout Canada and the USA in an orchestra, with his wife and children, called “The Elliott Family Orchestra.”

He died at Vancouver, British Columbia on 2 April 1957 and was buried there.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba:





Hillview Church

Oak Lake, RM of Sifton



Rapid City School

Rapid City, RM of Oakview



Yukon Block

934 Rosser Avenue, Brandon



Bank of Montreal

940 Rosser Avenue, Brandon



First Baptist Church

1037 Lorne Avenue, Brandon



Brookdale School No. 1299

Brookdale, Municipality of North Cypress-Langford



Park School / West Ward School

Lorne Avenue, Brandon



Baldur School No. 667

Baldur, RM of Argyle



Hamilton Bank




Merchants Bank

Napinka, Municipality of Brenda-Waskada



Melita School No. 440

41 Ash Street, Melita



Christie House

404 Thirteenth Street, Brandon



Clark Hall (Brandon University)

Eighteenth Street, Brandon



Empire Brewing Company Bottling House and Warehouse

First Street, Brandon




Rapid City, RM of Oakview



Johnson House

446 Seventh Street, Brandon



Brandon Collegiate Institute

Louise Avenue, Brandon



Oak River School No. 253

Oak River, RM of Oakview


Destroyed by fire (1908)

Brandon Winter Fair Buildings

Eleventh Street, Brandon



Souris Methodist Church




Brandon Court House

1104 Princess Avenue, Brandon



Rivers Consolidated School No. 1484

Rivers, Municipality of Riverdale



Victoria Methodist Church

Fifteenth Street, Brandon



Cecil Hotel

30 Tenth Street, Brandon



Sinclair School No. 1051

Sinclair, RM of Pipestone


Demolished (?)

Trafalgar Hotel

Belmont, RM of Prairie Lakes



Elkhorn School No. 366

Elkhorn, RM of Wallace-Woodworth


Demolished (?)

Central Fire Hall

637 Princess Avenue, Brandon



Newdale School No. 431

Newdale, RM of Harrison Park


Demolished (?)

St. Matthew’s Anglican Cathedral

Thirteenth Street, Brandon



Virden Municipal Building and Auditorium

228 Wellington Street West, Virden



Pipestone Municipal Building

Reston, RM of Pipestone



Wawanesa Insurance Building

107 Fourth Street, Wawanesa, Municipality of Oakland-Wawanesa



Rounthwaite School No. 1067

Rounthwaite, Municipality of Oakland- Wawanesa



Burchill and Howey Block

908 Rosser Avenue, Brandon



See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Elliott House (210 Thirteenth Street, Brandon)


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.

Death registration, British Columbia Vital Statistics.

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

We thank Charmeyn Sinclaire and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 July 2021

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