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Men Who Designed Windsor – Guy Buller Colthurst

It’s been a while since we’ve had a profile looking at some of the architects who helped to design the city we see today.

G.B. Colthurst was born in Toronto in 1882, and moved to England at a young age, where received his education. He started his architectural career in London, England as a partner in the firm of Colthurst & Gott from 1905 to 1907. In 1908 Colthurst returned to Canada, settling in Saskatoon. By 1918, Colthurst had arrived in Windsor and started a firm with John E. Trace and David W.F. Nichols in 1921. From 1924, until his death in 1946, he remain in solo practice in Windsor.

(Biography info from the Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada)

Some of the buildings that G.B. Colthurst designed that readers may know, are the Casa Del Mara apartments on Ouellette, The Granada Apartments on Gilles at Dougall, and along with a couple of other architects, he also had a hand in the Paul Martin Building (old Post Office) on Ouellette.

Colthurst was killed, November 8, 1946 at the Essex Terminal Crossing on Ojibway Parkway, when his car was hit by a train.

    This photograph was taken a few minutes after the automobile – train crash last evening which resulted in the death of Mr. Guy Buller Colthurst, well-known Windsor architect. The accident occurred at the Highway No. 18 crossing of the Essex Terminal Railway. Mr. Colthurst’s body had not been removed from the car, in which he had been crushed to death instantaneously, when the picture was taken. Provincial Police are shown at the left questioning members of the train crew.

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