This palatial house was designed for hardware merchant J. H. Ashdown by local architect J. H. G. Russell and constructed between 1912 and 1913. The building was bought by the Shriners in 1952 and used for their meetings. They built a one-storey addition to the rear of the building. When the Khartum Temple was moved to a new facility in south Winnipeg, the building was renovated for use as a restaurant. In 2002, the building (a municipally-designated historic site) was recognized with a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg.
A collection of photographs of the building by J. H. G. Russell is held at the Archives of Manitoba.
Ashdown House (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Site Location (lat/long): N49.87646, W97.16141
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ashdown Warehouse (167 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: William Ashdown House (121 Kate Street, Winnipeg)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites
Some Old Winnipeg Buildings by Randy R. Rostecki
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 29, 1972-73 season
Khartum Temple / J. H. Ashdown House (529 Wellington Crescent), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, March 1983.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 22 November 2014
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