Blankstein, Max Zev

BLANKSTEIN, Max Zev (1873-1931), born in Odessa, Russia, was educated there and received his architectural training in his homeland. He emigrated to Canada in 1904 and was among the first Jewish architects to register and practise in Canada. Many of his clients were connected with the film and movie industry and they enabled Blankstein to complete important commissions such as Winnipeg's first 'atmospheric' theatre, the eclectically styled Uptown Theatre (1930-31) whose design was inspired by Moorish palaces and mosques. Blankstein died in Winnipeg on 31 December 1931 (obit. Winnipeg Free Press, 31 Dec. 1931, 1; Winnipeg Tribune, 31 Dec. 1931, 2; R.A.I.C. Journal, ix, Feb 1932, 54; inf. C.N. Blankstein, Winnipeg). His two sons Cecil N. Blankstein and Morley Blankstein continued to practise in Winnipeg after 1950.

WINNIPEG

AIKINS COURT APARTMENTS, Aikins Street at Pritchard Avenue, 1907 (Winnipeg b.p. 1986, 20 Aug. 1907)
HEBREW ASSOCIATION HALL, 1908 (C.R., xxii, 7 Oct. 1908, 27, t.c.)
HEBREW FREE SCHOOL, Flora Avenue at Charles Street, 1912 (Winnipeg b.p. 1806, 1912; Manitoba Free Press [Winnipeg], 8 June 1912, 11, illus. & descrip.; 7 Dec. 1912, 13, illus.)
BRANDON COURT APARTMENTS, Brandon Avenue near Osborne Street, 1912; major addition, 1913 (Winnipeg b.p. 3235, 22 Aug. 191; b.p. 1695, 31 May 1913)
WEATHERDON AVENUE, near Pembina Street, apartment block for C. Lewis, 1913 (Winnipeg b.p. 1695, 1913)
ZIMMERMAN BLOCK, Main Street, 1913 (Winnipeg b.p. 2401, 1913; City of Winnipeg, 1986-The Year Past, 39-40, illus.)
JESSIE APARTMENTS, Jessie Avenue at Daly Street, 1914 (Winnipeg b.p. 137, 20 Feb. 1914)
WINNIPEG COLD STORAGE CO., Salter Street at Jarvis Avenue, 1914 (Winnipeg b.p. 230, 1914)
RUBIN APARTMENTS, Osborne Street at Morley Avenue, 1914 (Winnipeg b.p. 351, 20 March 1914)
EUROPEAN APARTMENTS, Manitoba Avenue at McGregor Street, 1914 (Winnipeg b.p. 839, 1914)
DINER APARTMENTS, Henry Avenue at Marthas Street, 1914 (Winnipeg b.p. dated 14 April 1914)
NORTH PANAMA APARTMENTS, Machray Avenue at Charles Street, 1914 (Winnipeg b.p. 1355, 1914)
REDWOOD APARTMENTS, College Avenue at Charles Street, 1914 (Winnipeg Telegram, 16 May 1914, 24)
DUFFERIN AVENUE, at McGregor Street, bakery for Nathan Segal, 1915 (Winnipeg b.p. 623, 1915)
ROSE THEATRE, Sargent Avenue, 1916 (Winnipeg b.p. 2842, 1916)
BURROWS AVENUE, at Andrews Street, a church for an unnamed denomination, 1917 (Winnipeg b.p. 376, 1917)
MACHRAY AVENUE, near Mortimer Place, residence for the architect, 1922 (Winnipeg b.p. 1497, 1922)
FILM EXCHANGE, Ellice Avenue at Hargrave Street, 1922-23 (C.R., xxxvi, 24 May 1922, 58; xxxvii, 17 Jan. 1923, 53, illus. & descrip.)
PARKVIEW THEATRE, Portage Avenue near Parkview Street, for J. Kaplan, 1924 (C.R., xxxviii, 30 Jan. 1924, 53)
UPTOWN THEATRE, Academy Road at Ash Street, 1930-31; interior demol. 1960 (C.R., xlvi, 6 Jan. 1932, 20; City of Winnipeg, 1985-The Year Past, 21-2, illus.)

ELSEWHERE

LETHBRIDGE, ALTA., Empire Theatre, 5th Street South, 1928 (C.R., xlii, 24 Oct. 1928, 49)
SASKATOON, SASK., Roxy Theatre, 20th Street West, for N. Rothstein, 1929 (C.R., xliii, 18 Sept. 1929, 51)
REGINA, SASK., Broadway Theatre, Broad Street at Eleventh Avenue, 1929 (Morning Leader [Regina], 31 Dec. 1929, 15, descrip.)
YORKTON, SASK., theatre, 1929 (inf. Cecil Blankstein, Winnipeg)