Basic Site Details

Name: Manitoba Parliament Buildings
Town, district or village: Edmonton
City or county: Winnipeg
Country: Canada
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Notes: The final architectural competition for the Parliament Buildings, which was held among five selected firms in 1912 resulted in the choice of the design submitted by Frank W. Simon, FRIBA, then living at East Grinstead, in Sussex. The assessor, Leonard Stokes, went out to Canada to advise the Government of Manitoba and make his award.

By March 1919, the new Parliament Building was rapidly approaching completion. Generally the scheme had been carried out in accordance with the original drawings, but various changes had, of necessity, been made, as shown on the series of drawings published in the Building News.

The original estimated cost was 400,000


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 119121920 Competition held and design executed


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 8John AndersonArchitectC1911(?) Unsuccessful competition design
Item 2 of 8Frank Lewis Worthington SimonArchitectA19121920Won competition and secured job. In charge of the designs for the building - Boddington's practice were the executants, though Warwick was the site architect
Item 3 of 8Henry BoddingtonArchitectA19121920Won competition and secured job; Septimus Warwick was recruited as site architect
Item 4 of 8Simon & BoddingtonArchitectural practiceA19121917Won competition and secured job; Septimus Warwick was recruited as site architect
Item 5 of 8Andrew SharpArchitectB1912 Placed second in competition
Item 6 of 8Sharp & BrownArchitectural practiceB1912 Placed second in competition
Item 7 of 8Septimus WarwickArchitectA19131920Boddington's practice were the executants, though Warwick was the site architect from 1914 (or perhaps 1917?), recruited by Frank Worthington Simon
Item 8 of 8Boddington, Inman & SkeltonArchitectural practiceAAfter 19141920Executant architects


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Baker, Marilyn1986Symbol in Stone: Manitoba's Third Legislative Building Manitoba, Hyperion Press 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Building News27 September 1912  Competition drawings
Item 2 of 4Building News19 March 1919  p180 and illustrations. Plans of principal floors and elevation of entrance front
Item 3 of 4Building News26 March 1919  p185 and illustration. West Side Elevation
Item 4 of 4Building News2 April 1919  p 199 and illustration Longitudinal Section

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Anderson: L v15 no1092