Memorable Manitobans: William Fingland (1862-1946)
Born at Rockton, Ontario on 5 August 1862, son of William and Mary Ann Fingland, he was educated at the School of Practical Science (Toronto). He came to Manitoba in 1884 but later returned east, engaging in various architectural offices in New York City from 1893 to 1905.
He came back to Winnipeg in 1905 and opened an architectural practice. He also served as President of the Manitoba Board of Examiners of Architects. During the course of his architectural career, he designed buildings in Winnipeg, Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, and Edmonton. In 1907, he was appointed consulting architect for the Legislature Building in Alberta and, in 1915, he was Acting Provincial Architect of Manitoba. He served as President of the Manitoba Association of Architects (1913).
In 1887, he married Barbara Bella Chisholm (1864-1945) and they had six sons and three daughters, including William Clarence Fingland (1888-?), Bernice Evelyn Fingland (1894-1983), John Colin Fingland, Jennie Marion Fingland (1899-?), Evan Beverley Fingland (1902-?), Louis Alexander Fingland (1904-?), Harold Arthur Fingland (1907-1986), and Ruth Isabel Fingland (1909-1993). The family lived at 120 Walnut Street (1911). He was a member of the AF & AM (Scottish Rite, 32nd degree), Knights of Tabor, AAO, and NMS.
He died at Winnipeg on 25 May 1946 and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery.
Some of his architectural works in Manitoba included:
Who’s Who in Western Canada: A Biographical Dictionary of Notable Living Men and Women of Western Canada, Volume 1, edited by C. W. Parker, Vancouver: Canadian Press Association, 1911.
1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.
The Story of Manitoba by F. H. Schofield, Winnipeg: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1913.
“Unearth secret chamber under Normal School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 July 1915, page 1.
Birth and death registrations, Manitoba Vital Statistics.
“William Fingland,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 1946, page 19.
Obituary [Bernice Evelyn Fingland], Winnipeg Free Press, 18 April 1983, page 46.
Obituary [Harold Arthur Fingland], Winnipeg Free Press, 11 August 1986, page 33.
Obituary [Ruth Isabel Fingland], Winnipeg Free Press, 21 July 1993, page 22.
Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.
We thank Nathan Kramer and Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 February 2023