Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Smith (1840-1913)
Architect, civil servant.
Born at Bristol, Quebec on 1 November 1840, he was educated at Ottawa, Ontario. In 1877, he joined the federal Department of Public Works where he was a draughtsman under architect Thomas S. Scott. In August 1882, he was transferred to Winnipeg to supervise Scott’s design for Government House.
He was appointed local Superintendent of Public Works for all of western Canada, responsible for the construction of all federal buildings from Port Arthur [Thunder Bay] to British Columbia. He retired in 1900 and took up private practice in Winnipeg specialising in industrial architecture. He formed a partnership with William Bruce in 1907 and, two years later, took on the added reponsibility of provincial factory inspector for the provincial government. He also served as President of the Winnipeg Industrial Exhibition.
“Daniel Smith dead”, Manitoba Free Press, 14 July 1913, page 16.
Daniel Smith, Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950.
We thank Grace Jacobs for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 July 2013
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