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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Biollo House (494 College Avenue, Winnipeg)

A two-storey residence on College Avenue in Winnipeg was constructed in 1906 for businessman Olivio Biollo and his brothers Angelo and Santi. Rabbi David Cantor and his family were long-time occupants of the house, from 1920 to 1945. There used to be a large balcony on the first and second floors of the house. Its playful tower on the northwest corner has led to it being called “The Castle.”

Biollo House

Biollo House (May 2016)
Source: Kerrin Asmundson

Biollo House

Biollo House (May 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.92172, W97.14036
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: David Cantor (1865-1953)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Mount Royal Hotel / Wellington Hotel / Garrick Hotel (287 Garry Street, Winnipeg)

The Castle of College Avenue (2). The Biollos’ Fall by Christian Cassidy, West End Dumplings.


“The Castle” - Rabbi David Cantor House, 494 College Avenue by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2009.

This page was prepared by Kerrin Asmundson, George Penner, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 September 2022

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