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Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Smith (1840-1913)

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Daniel Smith
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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.

He died at his Winnipeg home, 114 Balmoral Place, on 12 July 1913 and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Winnipeg Brewery Malthouse

Colony street south of Broadway, Winnipeg

1903

 

Boyd Building (addition)

Spence Street at Portage Avenue, Winnipeg

1903

 

Manitoba Cold Storage Warehouse

Higgins Avenue at Meade Street, Winnipeg

1903

 

Strang Liquor Warehouse

Fort Street, Winnipeg

1903

 

Kilgour-Rimer Block (addition)

Bannatyne Avenue at Princess Street, Winnipeg

1903

 

Canadian Moline Plow Warehouse

Logan Avenue opposite Chambers Street, Winnipeg

1903

 

Crump Block

Main Street at Dufferin Avenue, Winnipeg

1903-1904

 

Czerwinski Box Factory

Logan Avenue, Winnipeg

1904

 

Crotty & Love Block

Main Street at Dufferin Avenue

1904

 

Consolidated Stationery Warehouse (addition)

Princess Street, Winnipeg

1904

 

Smart Bag Company Building (addition)

145 Pacific Avenue, Winnipeg

1906

 

Codville-Georgeson Warehouse

Victoria Avenue at Portage Avenue East, Winnipeg

1906

Demolished (1993)

Dunlop House (addition)

Young Street, Winnipeg

1906

 

Canada Paint Company Factory and Grain Elevator

Sutherland Avenue, Winnipeg

1906

 

Strang House

Edmonton Street, Winnipeg

1906

 

Mount Royal Hotel

287 Garry Street, Winnipeg

1906-1907

 

Beveridge Block

802 Main Street, Winnipeg

1907

 

Fire Hall No. 2 (addition)

Smith Street, Winnipeg

1907-1908

Demolished (1941)

Northern Hotel (addition)

826 Main Street, Winnipeg

1907

 

Melbourne Apartments

133 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg

1910

 

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: MacKinnon House (114 Balmoral Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

“Apartment buildings and hotels,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1907, page 28.

“Winnipeg’s big building development during 1908,” Winnipeg Tribune, 19 December 1908, page 31.

“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 and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 September 2020

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