Memorable Manitobans: Frank Reade Lount (1890-1976)
Born at Whitevale, Ontario on 30 June 1890, son of William Lount and Abbie Taylor, brother of Charles Taylor Lount, he moved to Winnipeg in 1921 and began working as a building contractor, constructing numerous houses in the St. James-Assiniboia area. In 1945, he was the founding President of the National House Builders Association and was active in the Housing and Urban Development Association of Canada.
After the Second World War, he developed the area of Silver Heights, building houses and apartment blocks including the Silver Heights Apartments, Park Towers, and Park Terrace. The latter two achieved publicity for the lift-slab method of construction, which had not been used much in the city to that time. His son designed many houses for him.
On 25 December 1912, he married Annette “Nettie” Bricker (1891-1985) at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. They had two children: William Dangerfield Lount and Ferne Reade Lount (1920-2012, wife of Gordon McDiarmid Stovel and Jack Rose).
He died at Winnipeg on 22 May 1976.
Some of his building works in Manitoba included:
Ontario birth registration, Ancestry.
“Builders of Greater Winnipeg,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 June 1931, page 34.
“Ferne Lount plights troth to G. M. Stovel at St. Andrew’s,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 July 1943, page 8.
“Work started on $550,000 suite block [Silver Heights Apartments],” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 May 1952, page 1.
“Frank Lount wed 60 years,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 December 1972, page 21.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 1976, page 21.
Obituary [Annette Bricker Lount], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 March 1985, page 47.
Obituary [William Dangerfield Lount], Winnipeg Free Press, 8 July 1997, page 22.
Obituary [Ferne Reade Rose], Winnipeg Free Press, 6 October 2012.
Saigon Apartments, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 January 2023