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Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Frank Peters (1847-1926)


Born at Yeovil, Somerset, England on 7 November 1847, eldest son of Samuel and Anne Peters, he emigrated to Canada with his parents, his father practicing as a civil engineer at London, Ontario. He was educated at public schools and Hellmuth College (London, Ontario), and the University of Toronto. He began the practice of architecture at London, Ontario in 1872. He came to Winnipeg in July 1892 where he served as an architect for the provincial and federal governments. It is said that Peters designed the first apartment block in Winnipeg. He served as the first President of the Manitoba Association of Architects.

On 30 October 1873, he married Sarah Lucinda Jones (1850-1943) at London, Ontario. They had three sons: Edgar Horace Peters (1875-1935), Harry Allan Peters (1877-?), and Frank Roy Peters (1888-?). During the 1885 North West Rebellion, he was a Captain of the 7th Fusiliers, suffering injuries that resulted in the loss of an arm. He was a member of the Winnipeg Military Institute, Manitoba Navy League, AF & AM, and the Anglican Church. His recreations included all outdoor amateur sports.

He died at his son’s home in St. Vital on 29 May 1926 and was buried in the St. John’s Cathedral Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:





Ashdown Warehouse

167 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg



Wesley Hall

515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg



Ironside House

94 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg



St. James Anglican Church

535 Mountain Avenue, Neepawa



Alloway Building

179 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg



Osler, Hammond & Nanton Building

Main Street, Winnipeg



London Building

432 Main Street, Winnipeg



Union Bank Annex

500 Main Street, Winnipeg



Manitoba College of Pharmacy Building

422 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg



McClary Building

185-87 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg



Merchants Bank

371 Main Street, Winnipeg



Temple Building

325 Donald Street, Winnipeg



Joseph Maw Warehouse

McFarlane Street at Point Douglas Avenue



Cockshutt Plow Building

238 Princess Street, Winnipeg



Manitoba Club

194 Broadway, Winnipeg



Massey-Harris Building

294-296 William Avenue, Winnipeg



Pilkington Brothers Building

Market Street East, Winnipeg



Miller and Richard Warehouse

121-123 Princess Street, Winnipeg



Strathclair Town Hall




Bank of Montreal Building

464 Stradbrook Avenue, Winnipeg



Cockshutt Plow Building (addition)

238 Princess Street, Winnipeg



Hamiota School (addition)




Ezra Mott residence

139 Middle Gate, Winnipeg



Cornish Library

20 West Gate, Winnipeg



Western Canada Military Institute Building

Fort Rouge at Logan Avenue, Winnipeg




Ontario birth and marriage registrations, Ancestry.

The Canadian Architect and Builder, Volume 10, Issue 1, page 4, 1897.

1901 and 1911 Canada censes, Automated Genealogy.

Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.

Death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Capt. F. S. Peters dies after brief illness,” Manitoba Free Press, 31 May 1926, page 3.

Obituary, Manitoba Free Press, 1 June 1926, page 20.

Obituary [Edgar Horace Peters], Winnipeg Tribune, 23 April 1935, page 6.

Obituary [Sarah Lucinda Peters], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 March 1943, page 2.

Winnipeg Buildings Index

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 August 2020

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