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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Anne Building / Blue Ribbon Building (87 King Street, Winnipeg)

This four-storey brick warehouse, designed by local architect J. H. Cadham and built by the Saul Brothers and J. J. McDiarmid, housed the Blue Ribbon Manufacturing Company, a division of the wholesale grocery business of cousins G. F. Galt and J. Galt.

When the building opened in 1901, it extended to Arthur Street but when, in 1911, Blue Ribbon moved to larger premises at 334 McDermot Avenue, the building was divided by a brick wall and the two portions became separate properties. The part facing King Street housed a wholesale boot and shoe business until 1925 when Great West Electric moved in. This company closed mid-way through the Depression, leaving the building vacant until 1942. Later, a variety of businesses occupied it, including a furrier and a footwear dealer.

Meanwhile, the companion part of the building, at 88 Arthur Street, successively housed a wholesale liquor business, a footwear business, and the hardware business of Wood, Vallance Limited. Like its King Street partner, the building was vacant from the mid-1930s through the early 1940s. It is a municipally-designated historic site.

Anne Building / Blue Ribbon Building

Anne Building (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89757, W97.14143
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Anne Building (87 King Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, February 1983.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 October 2013

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