Historic Sites of Manitoba: Nicholson Building / Donald H. Bain Building (115 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)

This building, designed by local architect James McDiarmid and constructed in 1899, housed one of the oldest grocery brokerages in western Canada. The three-storey portion of this structure was built for Edward Nicholson who, together with his partner Donald Henderson Bain, did so well in the wholesale grocery business that, by 1920, they had moved to the neighbouring, five-storey Merrick-Anderson Building. A plaque is mounted on the west side of the main (south side) entrance of the building, now a municipally-designated historic site.

Nicholson Building at right

Nicholson Building at right (c1910)
Source: Winnipeg Illustrated, Peels Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta

Bain Building

Bain Building (September 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Bain Building

Bain Building (April 2017)
Source: George Penner

Bain Building

Bain Building (February 2021)
Source: George Penner

Bain Building commemorative plaque

Bain Building commemorative plaque (2009)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89730, W97.13485
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Edward Nicholson (1867-1923)

Memorable Manitobans: Donald Henderson “Dan” Bain (1874-1962)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Merrick-Anderson Building (119 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)


Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

Donald H. Bain Building (115 Bannatyne Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, April 1980.

We thank George Penner and Darryl Resch for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 February 2023

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