Contributed by Townsite Heritage Society 2020
Powell River’s first designer was a Danish master builder from St. Paul, Minnesota, known as George Ingemann. His name was sometimes spelled “Ingerman,” since this was the English pronunciation of his name. It is spelled this way even in the first Powell River Company ledger in 1910.
George Ingemann is understood to have been a Master Builder, qualified to design buildings as he is not listed with the architects of the Minneapolis area but advertised his services as Master Builder. There is in fact very little written about him in our local history. In a 1924 Digester, it is said that the building of St. Luke’s Hospital was commenced in 1913 under the planning of Mr. George Ingemann. Accounting records from the Powell River Company also testify that Ingemann built many houses of the streets in the “Old Town” of Powell River as well as most of the commercial buildings of the time.
His date of departure from Powell River is not known exactly. However, it was around the year 1914, during the Depression year, when production of paper on one of the machines at the mill and house building in the Townsite halted. Ingemann waited for a bit then left with his wife and three children: Bobby, Amy and George Jr., who lived on Third Street (now Aspen).