Memorable Manitobans: Hugh McCowan (1841-1908)
Born at Wardville, Ontario on 27 January 1841, he studied architecture and sanitary engineering at Flint, Michigan before coming to Winnipeg in 1879 and working in the contracting trade for about ten years. He gradually moved into supervision of construction and drawing of plans, after 1905 in partnership with Robert Edgar Davies. He was a member of the Masons and Baptist Church. He died unmarried at St. Boniface on 8 April 1908 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
Death registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“Hugh M’Cowan dies after short illness,” Manitoba Free Press, 9 April 1908, page 7.
Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.
We thank Nathan Kramer and Robert Hill for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 25 June 2022