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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Canadian Bank of Commerce Building (Richhill Avenue, Elkhorn, RM of Wallace-Woodworth)

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This two-storey building in Elkhorn, in the Rural Municipality of Wallace-Woodworth, was built for the Canadian Bank of Commerce (later CIBC). It opened in October 1912, replacing the bank’s original branch that opened in 1903 and destroyed by fire in March 1912. In order to keep up with demand for new branches in western Canada, the bank approached its architect, Darling and Pearson of Toronto, to design a series of three simple but solid buildings that could be easily replicated. The plans were then sent to the BC Mills Timber and Trading Company of Vancouver for prefabrication and delivered by rail when ordered by the bank. It is thought that 70 of these structures were erected in western Canada between 1906 and 1912. This is a rare example of the bank occupying one of these buildings into the 21st century. In January 2017, it was announced that the branch will close on 18 August 2017.

Managers

Period

Manager

1903-1904

E. M. Saunders

1904-1929

Rowland Henderson Brotherhood (1871-1952)

1929-1941

S. Dunbar

1942-1945

?

1946-1951

C. F. Ronnie

1952-1954

J. A. Courts

1955-1959

A. J. Alley

1960-1962

S. A. Newman

1963-1965

G. A. Richards

1966-1969

W. Davis

1970-1972

J. L. Matchett

1973-1975

B. E. Stevenson

1975-1976

E. J. Clayton

1976-1981

Mrs. G. Neild

Photos & Maps

Canadian Bank of Commerce Building

The Canadian Bank of Commerce building (November 1982)
Source: John Everitt

Canadian Bank of Commerce Building

Rear view of the Canadian Bank of Commerce building (1987)
Source: John Everitt

Canadian Bank of Commerce Building

Canadian Bank of Commerce Building (July 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.97509, W101.23849
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Steel and Grass Roots, 1882-1982: History of Elkhorn by Elkhorn and District Historical Society, 1982.

BC Mills kit Bank of Commerce in Elkhorn Closing, West End Dumplings by Christian Cassidy.

Future of building central issue at Elkhorn CIBC meeting,” The World Spectator (Moosimin, Saskatchewan), 6 February 2017.

The B.C. Mills Prefabricated System, Canadian Historic Sites: Occasional Papers in Archaeology and History No. 14, Parks Canada.

We thank John Everitt for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Christian Cassidy.

Page revised: 7 May 2017

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