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Manitoba Business: Kelly Brothers

This Winnipeg-based construction firm was founded in 1881 by brother Thomas Kelly, Michael Kelly, and Martin Kelly. It was responsible for building many buildings, bridges, and other structures around the city. From 1900 to 1905, they undertook the initial construction work on the St. Andrews Locks. They constructed the substructures of several bridges across the Red and Assiniboine Rivers and completed two of the more difficult contracts on the Shoal Lake Aqueduct: the crossing of the Red River from Tache to Pacific Avenue, and the crossing of the Brokenhead River and slough.They built several public schools around the city, including the first Normal School at the corner of Kate Street and William Avenue, and Mulvey School. They put down the first block paving in Winnipeg. When asphalt became popular as a paving material, they constructed the first plant and paved the first asphalted street in Winnipeg, McDermot Avenue.

In 1903, the firm merged with several other companies to form the Manitoba Construction Company, of which Thomas Kelly was President and General Manager. After two years this firm went out of business and Thomas Kelly formed the firm of Kelly Brothers, Mitchell, Limited, of which he became President and Manager. In 1908, he formed the firm of Thomas Kelly & Sons.

Some of the Manitoba buildings that the firm constructed:

Building

Location

Year

Status

Dominion Post Office Building

Winnipeg

 

 

Grain Exchange Building

Winnipeg

 

 

Free Press Building

Winnipeg

 

 

Imperial Bank

Winnipeg

 

 

Bank of Toronto

Winnipeg

 

 

Maw Block

Winnipeg

 

 

Stanley Block

Winnipeg

 

 

Manitoba Law Courts

Winnipeg

 

 

Boyd Building

Winnipeg

 

 

Codville Company Block

Winnipeg

 

 

Campbell Brothers & Wilson Block

Winnipeg

 

 

Bank of Nova Scotia

Winnipeg

 

 

Canadian Pacific Railway Shops

Winnipeg

 

 

Canadian Northern Railway Shops

Winnipeg

 

 

Kelly Building

181 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg

1904-1905

 

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Martin Kelly (1855-1925)

Memorable Manitobans: Michael Kelly (1844-1923)

Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Kelly (1855-1939)

Sources:

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 June 2018

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