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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Bannatyne Apartments (545 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick and stone apartment block on Bannatyne Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by architect George William Northwood and built in 1910 by contractor William Wardell Cross for owner Charles Simpson Shipman. The cost of constructing the 72 by 42 foot building, containing 14 apartments, was $50,000.

The cover of the 1971 record album “So Long, Bannatyne” by The Guess Who features band members Burton Cummings, Kurt Winter, Greg Leskiw, Jim Kale, and Garry Peterson with a red Chevrolet automobile in front of this apartment block.

Bannatyne Apartments at left with Shipman Court at right

Bannatyne Apartments at left with Shipman Court at right (August 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90208, W97.15237
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: George William Northwood (1877-1959)

Memorable Manitobans: William Wardell Cross (1860-1939)

Memorable Manitobans: Charles Simpson Shipman (1876-1917)

Memorable Manitobans: Melvin L. “Mel” Hooper (1881-1971)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Shipman Court (543 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2488/1910, City of Winnipeg Archives.

Apartment House Architecture in Winnipeg to 1915 by David Spector, December 1980.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

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

We thank Robert Miller for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by George Penner, Nathan Kramer, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 January 2022

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