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Memorable Manitobans: Lloyd Hugh Finch (1904-1967)

Architect.

Born in Alberta in September 1904, son of Rev. Calvin Wright Finch and Anna Marie Finch (1869-1938), he came to Manitoba at an early age, accompanying his family as his father preached at Ninga, Thornhill, and Rapid City before the family move to Winnipeg in 1914, residing at 1289 Wolseley Avenue. On 15 December 1924, he married Dorothy Jones (1904-1987) at Winnipeg and they had a son, Calvin Lloyd “Cal” Finch (b 1930). He graduated from the University of Manitoba (Architecture, 1926) and resided at Chicago, Illinois (1926-1932) after which he returned to work in Winnipeg. During the Second World War, he served as an Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He operated under the business name of Lloyd Finch and Associates, and his work with Safeway Canada also included several buildings at other locations in Western Canada in the 1950s. He was a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Manitoba Association of Architects, Lions Club, and Niakwa Country Club. He died at the Misericordia Hospital on 6 April 1967 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

E. J. Aronovitch House

Wellington Crescent (south side, between Lanark and CNR tracks), Winnipeg

c1940-1941

 

Leonard Wolinsky House

Matheson Avenue (between Semple Street and Main Street), Winnipeg

c1940-1941

 

Aronovitch and Leipsic Ltd. Commercial Building [former Robinson store site]

Between Main and Albert Streets, Winnipeg

1941

 

Deanna Durbin Model Home

8 Kingston Row, Winnipeg

1944

 

Morley Shoe Store / Boyd Building [main floor]

384 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1945

 

Lord’s Furniture Store

1364 Main Street, Winnipeg

1947

 

Toronto Hide and Wool Building [expansion]

200 Princess Street, Winnipeg

1947

 

Zawidowski Funeral Home

561 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg

1948

 

Memorial Funeral Chapel / Zawidowski Funeral Home

724 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg

1948

 

Herbert Winston Fur Salon

425 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1948

 

Herb Carpentine [John Deere dealer]

153 Donald Street, Winnipeg

1948

 

Karr’s Drug Store

615 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1948

 

Lions Residence for the Blind

1041 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1948-1949

 

Carter Motors (expansion)

Portage Avenue at Maryland Street, Winnipeg

1949-1950

 

A. S. Bardal Funeral Home

Sherbrook Street at William Avenue, Winnipeg

1949-1950

 

Eagle-Lion Films of Canada Building

Good Street, Winnipeg

1950

 

Safeway Canada Store

Isabel Street and Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

c1950

 

Safeway Canada Store

Luxton Avenue and Main Street, Winnipeg

c1950

 

Safeway Canada Store

St. Mary’s Road and St. Anne’s Road

c1950

 

Safeway Canada Store

Burnell Street and Portage Avenue

c1950

 

Safeway Canada Store

Ferry Road and Portage Avenue

c1950

 

Safeway Canada Store

Portage la Prairie

c1950

 

Jack Ellett’s Restaurant

718 Osborne Street, Winnipeg

1950

 

The Garry Theatre

Pembina Highway and Point Road, Winnipeg

1951

 

Levit Sigh Company Building

Notre Dame Avenue between Arlington and McPhillips Streets, Winnipeg

1952

 

Roblin General Hospital

Roblin

c1952

 

Maple Leaf School District No. 83 (10-room, frame and concrete, one storey school)

Morden

1953

 

Dalton Baptist Church

Dalton Street and Mountain Avenue, Winnipeg

1953

 

Clark Leatherdale Funeral Home (renovation)

232 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg

1953

 

Clearwater School District No. 2324 (four-room, frame and concrete, one-storey school)

Clearwater

1953

 

Newhead Investments Limited Hotel

southeast corner Edmonton Street at Graham Avenue, Winnipeg

1954

Demolished

Grant Park Shopping Centre (and area master plan)

between Cambridge and Wilton Streets, Scotland and Frederic [Taylor] Avenues, Winnipeg

1954-1956

 

Silverwood Dairies Garage, Jacob Crowley Manufacturing Co., Julliard Ltd., and Jacob Fashions (renovations)

Adelaide Street, Winnipeg

1954

 

Melita Consolidated School District (four-room and auditorium, frame and concrete, one-storey school)

Melita

c1954-1955

 

Lions Residence for the Blind (renovations)

1041 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1956

 

Canadian National Institute for the Blind Administration Building (expansion)

1031 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1956

 

Lions Residence for the Blind (expansion)

1041 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1957

 

Jack Ellett’s Restaurant (expansion)

718 Osborne Street, Winnipeg

1959

 

Carlton Inn

Carlton Street, Winnipeg

1960-1961

Demolished (2014-2015)

Niakwa Hotel

St. Anne’s Road, Winnipeg

1960-1961

 

Kildonan Motor Hotel

2100 Main Street, Winnipeg

1960-1961

 

Leon A. Brown Building

52 Donald Street, Winnipeg

1961

 

Charleswood Motor Hotel

3425 Roblin Boulevard, Winnipeg

1961-1962

Demolished

A. B. Dick Limited Building

Berry Street and Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg

1962

 

Gateview Apartment Block

15 Cornish Avenue, Winnipeg

1963

 

Windsorian Motor Hotel

Highway No. 59 / Lagimodiere Boulevard near CNR Symington Yard, Winnipeg

1963

 

Sources:

Marriage and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

1906 & 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

1916 Canada census, Library and Archives Canada.

Birth notice, Winnipeg Free Press, 29 December 1930, page 19.

“Mrs. C.W. Finch dies at age of 69,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1938, page 4.

“No slackening [E. J. Aronovitch Residence],” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 September 1940, page 22.

“Season’s trend [Leonard Wolinsky Residence],” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 1940, page 14.

“Five new stores are opened on former Robinson property,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1940, page 8.

“Portage and Main - 1872 [former Robinson property],” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 October 1940, page 9.

“Deanna Durbin sponsors model home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 February 1944, page 5.

“Morley Shoe Store,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 March 1945, page 7.

“Grand opening [Lord’s Furniture Store],” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 August 1947 page 14.

“Building permit total leaps to 14-year high [Zawidowski Funeral Home],” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 September 1947, page 3.

“Grand opening [Herbert Winston Fur Salon], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1948, page 13.

“Karr’s Drug Store,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 May 1948, page 11.

“Grand opening [Herb Carpentine John Deere dealer],” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 September 1948, page 7.

“Memorial Funeral Chapel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 November 1948, page 12.

“New building going up for Eagle-Lion Films,” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 February 1950, page 10.

“Showroom window equals cost of first auto building [Carter Motors, C.G. Carter dealership],” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 February 1950, page 12.

“A.S. Bardal Funeral Home,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 March 1950, page 9.

“Dozen Supermarkets seen in greater Winnipeg area [Safety Canada Stores],” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 September 1950, page 3.

“Jack Ellett [...],” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 December 1950, page 7.

“Announcing the opening of the Greater Winnipeg’s newest streamlined theatre - The Garry,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 December 1951, page 5.

“Neon sigh plant for Winnipeg [Levit Sign Company],” Winnipeg Free Press, 9 January 1952, page 24.

“Tenders wanted [Roblin Hospital District No. 2],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 1952, page 33.

“Maple Leaf School District No. 83 - Morden,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 August 1952, page 26.

[Photo, Dalton Baptist Church], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 April 1953, page 10.

“Clearwater School District No. 2324,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 June 1953, page 42.

“Announcing the opening of [... Clark Leatherdale Funeral Home], Winnipeg Free Press, 3 October 1953, page 11.

“Firm plans $1,000,000 hotel in city’s downtown district [Newhead Investment Hotel],” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 December 1953, page 3.

“Builders signal start on $13 million centre [Grant Park Shopping Centre and surrounding],” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 May 1954, pages 1 & 7.

Engagement notices, Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1954, page 19.

“Needle-trade firms moving their quarters [Silverwood Dairies garage, Jacob Crowley Manufacturing Co., Julliard Ltd., and Jacob Fashions],” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 July 1954, page 3.

“Melita Consolidated School District No. 440 [Melita School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 August 1954, page 12.

“Grant Park Plaza Development,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1956, page 36.

“Ellett’s restaurants new additions,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 1959, page 14.

“Coffee break [Niakwa Hotel, Carlton Inn Hotel],” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 July 1960, page 3.

“Work to start soon on new Carlton Street Motel,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 August 1960, page 8.

“Duplex with double carport [636 Guelph Street],” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 November 1960, page 35.

“Hotel building boom hits Greater Winnipeg [West Kildonan Motel],” Winnipeg Free Press, 12 November 1960, page 58.

“To discuss hotel for Charleswood,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 February 1961, page 31.

[Photo caption, Leon A. Brown Building, 52 Donald Street], Winnipeg Free Press, 1 April 1961, page 50.

“Grand opening [Charleswood Motor Hotel], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 September 1962, page 4.

“Grant opening [Kildonan Motor Hotel],” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 August 1961, page 2.

“Two new city offices planned [A.B. Dick Limited Building],” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 January 1962, page 3.

“The Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg [4-storey Apartment, Cornish Avenue at Langside Street],” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 January 1963, page 30.

“New hotel assured of close ’cheque’ [Windsorian Motor Hotel],” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1963, page 3.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 7 April 1967, page 26.

Obituary [Dorothy Finch], Winnipeg Free Press, 31 March 1987, page 36.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 14 May 2018

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