Fonds - Cecil Blankstein fonds

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Cecil Blankstein fonds

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  • 1934-1939, 1944, 1967 (Creation)
    Cecil Blankstein

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1 volume of textual records

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Cecil Blankstein was an architect who practiced in Winnipeg. Cecil was born to Lena and Max Blankstein in Winnipeg in 1909 and had two siblings, Morley and Evelyn. Max, Morley and Evelyn Blankstein were also practicing architects.

Cecil graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1928 and worked for the Manitoba Department of Public Works from 1929 to 1931. He then partnered with Lawrence J. Green in 1932 to form Green Blankstein. G. Leslie Russell and Ralph Ham would join the firm, which became Green Blankstein Russell Ham and, later, Green Blankstein Russell and Associates and then GBR. Major projects Cecil Blankstein worked on with the firm include Winnipeg International Airport, Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, Polo Park Shopping Centre and Mall Medical Building. He retired in 1973, but continued to work with the firm as a consultant until 1978.

Cecil Blankstein also served as President of the Manitoba Association of Architects in 1955. He was also the Chairmen for a committee on building accessibility with the Canadian Paraplegic Association and associate committee member of the National Research Council and the Urban Land Institute as well as being a fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute. From 1942 to 1944 Cecil was also an architect for the Royal Canadian Navy. He was also a board member of Transair Limited and Vice President of Sharon Men’s Zionist Club.

Cecil Blankstein was married to Claire Diamond and had one son, Arthur M. Blankstein, who was also an architect. Cecil Blankstein died in 1989 in Jerusalem.

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Fonds consists of newspaper clippings and financial reports relating to a proposed low-cost housing development project in Winnipeg by architecture firm Green Blankstein Russell.

The newspaper clippings are mostly from Winnipeg newspapers discussing the project directly. Other clippings relate to similar projects in other cities in North America and Europe. The financial records consist of proposed budgets submitted to the City of Winnipeg over several years.

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The records were removed from the original binder for preservation reasons.

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