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Memorable Manitobans: David William Fair Nichols (1881-1951)

Draftsman, architect.

Born in England in 1881, he apprenticed as a draftsman with Burke & Horwood of Toronto from 1897 to 1902, then worked briefly as a draftsman for two Winnipeg architects, J. H. G. Russell and John D. Atchison. He stayed in Winnipeg until 1915, designing several houses and churches, and some joint projects with Norman M. Moffat and J. Pender West. By 1917, he had moved to Windsor, Ontario.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Falls House

36 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg

1907

 

McKenty House

106 Middle Gate, Winnipeg

1909

 

Hackney House

138 East Gate, Winnipeg

1911

 

St. Margaret’s Anglican Church

160 Ethelbert Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

St. Alban’s Church

Winnipeg

?

 

Cornish Public Baths

Winnipeg

?

 

Northland Knitting Company Factory

Arlington Street, Winnipeg

?

 

Sources:

J. C. Falls House (36 Roslyn Road), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, January 1994.

Winnipeg Buildings Index.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 March 2020

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