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Memorable Manitobans: Edgar Prain (1881-1958)

Architect.

Born at Broughty Ferry, Scotland on 21 March 1881, he trained as a draftsman in Scotland before moving to England where he worked as an architect from 1902 to 1907. He emigrated to Winnipeg in 1908, working briefly for architect H. G. Holman then forming a partnership with him from 1909 to 1910. He designed apartment blocks, private residences, and educational buildings. His best known work is St. John’s Anglican Cathedral (1925-1926) done collaboratively with G. C. Parfitt. After 1950, he was partner in the architectural firm of Prain & Ward, and later consultant to its successor, Ward & McDonald.

He retired in December 1957 and died at his Winnipeg home, 126 Mossdale Avenue, on 29 January 1958. He was buried in the Old Kildonan Cemetery.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Scott Residence

190 Kingsway Avenue, Winnipeg

1910

 

Acadia Apartments

Victor Street, Winnipeg

1911

 

Verona Apartments

Victor Street, Winnipeg

1911

 

Scott Apartments

Maryland Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Lanark Apartments

Maryland Street, Winnipeg

1912

 

Governor Semple School

Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Centennial School

Royal Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Westholm Apartments

Wellington Avenue, Winnipeg

1913

 

Elvira Court Apartments

Emily Street, Winnipeg

1914

 

Salisbury School No. 2

795 Prince Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg

1920

 

Cathedral Church of St. John

135 Anderson Avenue, Winnipeg

1926

 

St. John’s Presbyterian Church

251 Bannerman Avenue, Winnipeg

1928

 

Donald McLeod School No. 2221

270 Wallace Avenue, RM of East St. Paul

1930

 

Deer Lodge United Church

2093 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1947

 

Lord Kitchener School / John Pritchard School (expansion)

1490 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg

1947

 

Charleswood School (renovations)

Roblin Boulevard, RM of Charleswood

1947

 

West St. Paul School

3740 Main Street, RM of West St. Paul

1947

 

Centennial School (expansion)

240 Royal Avenue, Winnipeg

c1948

 

Rosedale United Church

525 Beresford Avenue, Winnipeg

1949

 

Salisbury School No. 1 (renovations)

795 Prince Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg

1949

 

Daerwood School

211 Main Street, Selkirk

1949

 

Governor Semple School

150 Hartford Avenue, Winnipeg

1950

 

Lord Wolseley School (four-classroom brick and concrete addition)

939 Henderson Highway, Winnipeg

1950

 

New Rosewell School

1455 Molson Street, Winnipeg

1950

 

Victory School (six-classroom expansion)

395 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg

1950

 

Memorial Hall Building

368 Jemima Street, Selkirk

1951

 

Dieppe School

530 Dieppe Road, Winnipeg

1952

 

Royal School

450 Laxdal Road, Winnipeg

1952

 

Libau School

Libau, RM of St. Clements

1952

 

Richard School District No. 1092 (renovations)

Somerset

1952

 

Viscount Alexander School (expansion)

810 Waterford Avenue, Winnipeg

1952

 

John Black School

McPhillips Street, Winnipeg

1952

 

Chalmers United Church (expansion)

Spruce Street at Barrett Avenue, Winnipeg

1953

 

West St. Paul School (expansion)

3740 Main Street, RM of West St. Paul

1953

 

East Kildonan School District No. 14 (two six-classroom frame, stucco, and concrete slab buildings)

Winnipeg

c1953

 

Fort Garry School District No. 2047 (10-classroom concrete, frame and brick veneer building)

Winnipeg

c1953

 

Riverview School (expansion)

Casey Street, Winnipeg

c1953

 

Transcona School (12-classroom concrete, frame, and brick veneer building)

Winnipeg

c1953

 

Westview School

600 Hoka Street, Winnipeg

1953

 

West Kildonan Collegiate

800 Salter Street, Winnipeg

1953

 

Fort Garry Municipal Building and Fire Hall

1350 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg

1954

 

Devonshire School (expansion)

Selkirk

1954

 

Great Falls School District No. 2011 (school building)

Great Falls

1954

 

Royal School (expansion)

450 Laxdal Road, Winnipeg

1954

 

West Kildonan Collegiate (expansion)

800 Salter Street, Winnipeg

1954

 

Crane School

888 Crane Avenue, Winnipeg

1955

 

Melrose Junior High School

Roch Street at Melrose Avenue, Winnipeg

1955

 

New Rosewell School (expansion)

1455 Molson Street, Winnipeg

1955

 

Miles MacDonell Collegiate (expansion)

Winnipeg

1956

 

Selkirk Collegiate Institute / Selkirk Junior High School

516 Stanley Avenue, Selkirk

1956

 

Viscount Alexander School (expansion)

810 Waterford Avenue, Winnipeg

1956

 

Rosedale United Church (expansion)

525 Beresford Avenue, Winnipeg

1957

 

St. Vital United Church

St. Vital

1957

 

Radisson School

1105 Winona Street, Winnipeg

1957

 

Westview School (expansion)

600 Hoka Street, Winnipeg

1957

 

West Kildonan Collegiate (expansion)

800 Salter Street, Winnipeg

1957

 

Crane School (expansion)

888 Crane Avenue, Winnipeg

1958

 

Sources:

“Deer Lodge United to dedicate church,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 January 1947, page 10.

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 31 January 1947, page 16.

“Tenders [Lord Kitchener School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 April 1947, page 2.

“Tenders [Charleswood School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 1947, page 22.

“Tenders [Libau School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1947, page 24.

“School District of West Kildonan No. 8,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 August 1948, page 19.

“Tenders [Selkirk School District No. 69],” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 1949, page 17.

“Old and new churches filled at Rosedale United dedication,” Winnipeg Free Press, 7 March 1949, page 7.

“Tenders [Victory School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 1949, page 6.

“Tenders [Salisbury School No. 1],” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1949, page 52.

“Tenders [Lord Wolseley School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 January 1950, page 27.

“Tenders [North Kildonan School District No. 2116],” Winnipeg Free Press, 8 March 1950, page 29.

“Tenders [Memorial Hall],” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 June 1951, page 26.

“Tenders [Charleswood schools],” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1951, page 25.

“Tenders [... Richard School District],” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 June 1952, page 30.

“Tenders for addition to school building,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 1952, page 33.

“Chalmers’ United plans enlargement,” Winnipeg Free Press, 24 January 1953, page 34.

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 March 1953, page 37.

“Tenders [East Kildonan Schools],” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 April 1953, page 29.

“Tenders [School, Fort Garry],” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 April 1953, page 40.

“Municipal Hall of Fort Garry soon started,” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 May 1953, page 8.

“Tenders [Royal School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 March 1954, page 39.

“Tenders [Devonshire School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1954, page 43.

“E. Kildonan lets contract for school,” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 May 1954, page 3.

“Tenders [Great Falls School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 1954, page 43.

“Tenders [New Rosewell School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1955, page 41.

“Tenders [Miles MacDonell Collegiate],” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 April 1955, page 29.

“Tenders [High School, Selkirk],” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 1956, page 22.

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 April 1957, page 15.

“Tenders [Transcona School District No. 69],” Winnipeg Free Press, 20 April 1957, page 26.

“New St. Vital United Church to be ready for Christmas,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 June 1957, page 33.

“A record of growth since 1910,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 November 1957, page 35.

“Veteran architect Edgar Prain dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 30 January 1958, page 16.

Winnipeg Building Index.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada: 1800-1950.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 3 August 2015

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