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Historic Sites of Manitoba: American Flats (650 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg)

This 2½-storey dwelling at the southeast corner of Sherbrook Street and McDermot Avenue in Winnipeg, measuring 26 feet by 45 feet, was built in 1902 by owner-contractor William Thomas Andrews. It was completed at a cost of about $4,500 and was the third house on this segment of road built by Andrews, having already completed 642 and 646 McDermot that same year. Around 1903, this structure was split into three units, presumed one suite per floor and the American Flats name given to this building by 1904. The American Flats held this three-suite configuration into late 1930s when it the count was doubled to six, with that status retained into the 1970s. Since demolished, the site has been a surface parking lot since at least 2000.

American Flats

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90218, W97.15694
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: William Thomas Andrews (1851-1925)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 594/1902, City of Winnipeg Archives.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

Charles E. Goad Company fonds, Fire Insurance Plans of the City of Winnipeg - Volume 1 - Sheet 68 - revised August 1906, Library and Archives Canada.

Archives of Manitoba fire insurance plan collection, Western Canada Fire Underwriters’ Association fire insurance plans of Winnipeg - Series 2 - Volume 2 - Sheet 244, Archives of Manitoba.

“Houses I have known,” by Dorothy Garbutt, Winnipeg Free Press, 14 February 1970, New Leisure Page 22.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

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

We thank Gordon Goldsborough for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 6 February 2023

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