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Memorable Manitobans: James William Hawker (1870-?)


Born at Brighton, England on 16 March 1870, he began his architectural career there, working from 1900 to 1913 when he emigrated to Canada via the United States. During the First World War, he served as an officer in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In April 1921, he requested membership in the Manitoba Association of Architects (MAA), serving as its President from 1930 to 1931. He worked as a draughtsman for James Chisholm before setting up his own architectural practice, designing homes and apartment blocks from 1922 to 1935. On a visit to England in late 1935, he decided to stay there. No further information on his whereabouts has been found.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Rochester Apartments

66 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg



Clinton Apartments

185 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg



Shea House

115 Park Boulevard, Winnipeg



Oxford Apartments

317 Furby Street, Winnipeg



St. James Hotel

1719 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



Harvard Apartments

198 Furby Street, Winnipeg



Brookland Hotel

8 Keewatin Street, Winnipeg



Wiltshire Apartments

30 Spence Street, Winnipeg



Scarsdale Apartments

71 Kennedy Street, Winnipeg



Bessborough Apartments

380 Assiniboine Avenue, Winnipeg



Layton Apartments

830 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg



Raleigh Apartments

340 Vaughan Street, Winnipeg



Wakefield Apartments

415 Stradbrook Avenue, Winnipeg




Attestation papers, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Library and Archives Canada.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Winnipeg Building Index

Raleigh Apartments (340 Vaughan Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, January 1997.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Robert Hill.

Page revised: 22 April 2022

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