Memorable Manitobans: Robert Edgar Davies (1882-1959)
Born at Nottingham, England in July 1882, he studied architecture at the Nottingham School of Art and Design.
He immigrated to Canada after 1900 and worked as an assistant to architect Hugh McCowan until 1905 when they went into partnership. After working for a time as a city building inspector, in early 1919 he became the City Architect for Winnipeg. He was responsible for designing all city-owned buildings although it is alleged he was not registered with the Manitoba Association of Architects. He retired in 1949.
He died at his Winnipeg home, 137 Donald Street, on 21 April 1959 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
“Walls of Scott Block may blow over in a wind,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 March 1914, page 1.
“Designs building to house city's nurses,” Winnipeg Tribune, 26 February 1921, page 3.
Obituary, Winnipeg Tribune, 23 April 1959, pages 13, 32.
“591 Pritchard Avenue, Ukrainian Labour Temple” by Murray Peterson, Historical Buildings & Resources Committee, April 2020.
Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 April 2023