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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alekno Block / Mitchell Block (376 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg)

The two-storey Alekno Block on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by local architect Max Blankstein and constructed in 1913 for Peter John Alekno, at a cost of about $5,000, to serve as a funeral home. Further work was continued by Blankstein in 1914 with a building cost of about $12,000. At some point in the late 1910s or early 1920s, ownership of the block was transferred to the Manitoba Upholstering Company which, in 1926, hired Blankstein again to design further renovations of the space at a cost about $2,000. The building was renamed the Mitchell Block around 1929.

Mitchell Block

Mitchell Block (January 2019)
Source: George Penner

Mitchell Block

Mitchell Block (January 2019)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91397, W97.14010
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1874-1931)

Memorable Manitobans: Peter John Alekno (?-?)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 414/1926, City of Winnipeg Archives.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 6060/1929, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Mrs. Sarah Moore is awarded three hundred for slander,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 April 1913, page 11.

Alekno Block, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

Preparation of this page was supported, in part, by the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund of the City of Winnipeg.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer, Jordan Makichuk, George Penner, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 February 2023

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