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Memorable Manitobans: James Thomas Laurance “Laurie” Ward (1925-1985)

Architect.

Born at Winnipeg in 1925, the son of James Ward (1887-1974) and Mabel Morgan (1889-1973), he was raised in West Kildonan. He attended Centennial School, winning the Governor General’s Award upon graduation, after which he went on to St. John’s College and the University of Manitoba, where he received a Bachelor of Architecture in 1947.

He worked at the architectural firm of Moody and Moore for one year before joining the office of Edgar Prain in 1949. In 1951, he became a junior partner in the firm of Prain and Ward. From 1958 to 1969, the firm was known as Ward and Macdonald, with Gerald D. Macdonald becoming a parter and Edgar Prain resigning his partner standing. In 1969, the firm became Ward, Macdonald, Cockburn, McLeod, and McFeetors, until 1974 when Ward withdrew from active partnership and established his own small home-based architectural practice. The firm continued under the name of Macdonald, Cockburn, McLeod, and McFeetors. At the time of his death, he worked for the Manitoba Department of Education as the Chairman of the School Buildings Projects Committee.

He was a choir member, People’s Rector, and People’s Warden at St. Anne’s Anglican Church, where he also was cubmaster for 33 years. He was also a lay reader in River North Anglican Churches and a board member of Sir John Hugh McDonald Hostel and the Metro Election Committee (1964). On 25 June 1954, he married Elizabeth Blanche “Betty” Hiddleston (1928-2001) at St. John’s Cathedral in Winnipeg. The couple had four children and resided at Old Kildonan and West Kildonan.

He died of cancer at Winnipeg on 6 July 1985.

Some of his architectural works in Manitoba:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Transcona Central School (renovations)

Oxford Street, Winnipeg

1958

 

Fort Garry Municipal Office (renovation)

1350 Pembina Highway, Winnipeg

1959

 

General Byng School (expansion)

1254 Beaumont Street, Winnipeg

1959

 

Viscount Alexander School (expansion)

810 Waterford Avenue, Winnipeg

1959

 

Roland School

Roland, RM of Roland

1959

 

Princess Margaret School

367 Hawthorne Avenue, Winnipeg

1959

 

Wayoata School

605 Wayoata Street, Winnipeg

1959

 

Regent Park School

411 Moroz Street, Winnipeg

1959

 

Tyndall School

Tyndall, RM of Brokenhead

1959

 

Transcona Central School (renovations)

Oxford Street, Winnipeg

1959

 

Brandon School Division (2-storey school building)

Brandon

c1960

 

Radisson School (expansion)

1105 Winona Street, Winnipeg

1960

 

Miles Macdonell Collegiate (expansion)

Winnipeg

1960

 

River East Collegiate

295  Sutton Avenue, Winnipeg

1960

 

Roland School (expansion)

Roland, RM of Roland

1961

 

Carman School (8-classroom building)

Carman

1961

 

Miami School (5-classroom building)

Miami, RM of Thompson

1961

 

Hartney Collegiate (11-classroom building)

Hartney

1961

 

Wawanesa Collegiate (8-classroom building)

Wawanesa

1961

 

Souris Collegiate (11-classroom building)

Souris

1961

 

Seven Oaks School

172 Smithfield Avenue, Winnipeg

1962

 

Ralph Maybank School (expansion)

20 Donnelly Street, Winnipeg

1963

 

River East Collegiate (expansion)

295  Sutton Avenue, Winnipeg

1963

 

Garden City Collegiate (expansion)

711 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg

1964

 

Margaret Underhill School

25 Regina Place, Winnipeg

1965

 

Ralph Maybank School (expansion)

20 Donnelly Street, Winnipeg

1965

 

Jameswood Elementary School (expansion)

1 Braintree Crescent, Winnipeg

1967

 

Assiniboine School (expansion)

175 Winston Road, Winnipeg

1967

 

Hampstead School (expansion)

920 Hampstead Avenue, Winnipeg

1968

 

John W. Gunn School (expansion)

351 Harold Avenue West, Winnipeg

1968

 

Neil Campbell School (expansion)

845 Golspie Street, Winnipeg

1968-1969

 

Arthur Day Middle School

43 Whitehall Boulevard, Winnipeg

1968-1969

 

Salisbury School No. 2 (expansion)

795 Prince Rupert Avenue, Winnipeg

1969

 

West St. Paul School (expansion)

3740 Main Street, RM of West St. Paul

1969

 

Chief Peguis Junior High School

1400 Rothesay Street, Winnipeg

1969

 

Bruce Junior High School

333 Booth Drive, Winnipeg

1969

 

Donwood School

400 Donwood Drive, Winnipeg

1970-1971

 

Elwick Community School

30 Maberley Road, Winnipeg

1973

 

Sources:

Marriage registration, Manitoba Vital Statistics.

“Elizabeth Blanche Hiddleston has six attendance at wedding,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 July 1954, page 14.

“Prain and Ward - Architects,” Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 1958, page 40.

“Tenders for redecoration of Fort Garry Municipal offices,” Winnipeg Free Press, 5 February 1959, page 35.

“Tenders for Viscount Alexander School addition,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1959, page 71.

“Tenders [Princess Margaret School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 May 1959, page 45.

“Tenders [Wayoata School, Regent Park School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 May 1959, page 37.

“Tenders [Brandon School Division],” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 November 1959, page 37.

“Tenders [Radisson School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 March 1960, page 9.

“Tenders [Miles Macdonell Collegiate],” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 March 1960, page 17.

“Tenders [Carman School, Miami School],” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 August 1960.

“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1960, page 61.

[Photo caption, River East Collegiate], Winnipeg Free Press, 25 February 1961, page 6.

“Election committee officers,” Winnipeg Free Press, 26 September 1964, page 3.

“Tender notice Jameswood Elementary School addition,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 April 1967, page 63.

“Tender notice Assiniboine School addition,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 April 1967, page 63.

Obituary [Mabel Ward], Winnipeg Free Press, 20 January 1973, page 35.

“Ward, Macdonald, Cockburn, McLeod, & McFeetors,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 April 1974.

Obituary [James Ward], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 December 1974, page 41.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1985, page 28.

Obituary [Elizabeth Ward], Winnipeg Free Press, 16 August 2001, page C8.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 24 April 2016

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