Ralph Benjamin Pratt was born in London, England, on August 8, 1878 and trained as an architect at the South Kensington School of Art. After completing his education he emigrated to Canada and by 1892 was working in Winnipeg. Within the year he became an architect for the CPR and in 1901 became a top architect for the fledgling Canadian Northern Railway. In this capacity, Pratt designed many stations and shops for the new transcontinental line. In 1906, while still a CNR architect, he formed a partnership with Winnipegger Donald A. Ross. Together they were responsible for numerous buildings as Pratt & Ross. Pratt was also President of the Manitoba Association of Architects from 1917-1919. He died March 14th 1950.