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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Anne Building / Blue Ribbon Building (88 Arthur Street, Winnipeg)

This four-storey brick warehouse on Arthur Street in Winnipeg was designed by local architect James H. Cadham and built in 1901 by contractors John A. Saul, William A. Irish, James McDiarmid, and John McDiarmid for the Blue Ribbon Manufacturing Company owned by grocery wholesalers George F. Galt and John Galt. When the building opened in 1901, it extended to King Street but when, in 1911, Blue Ribbon moved to larger premises at 334 McDermot Avenue, the building was divided by a brick wall and the two portions became separate properties, with the other part of 87 King Street. The part facing Arthur Street housed a wholesale liquor business, a footwear business, and the hardware business of Wood, Vallance Limited. Like its King Street partner, the building was vacant from the mid-1930s through the early 1940s. In March 2015, it became a municipally-designated historic building.

Anne Building / Blue Ribbon Building

Anne Building / Blue Ribbon Building (1901)
Source: Manitoba Free Press, 28 November 1901, page 9.

Anne Building / Blue Ribbon Building

Anne Building / Blue Ribbon Building (February 2019)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89766, W97.14092
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: James Henry Cadham (1850-1907)

Memorable Manitobans: John Alexander Saul (1861-1939)

Memorable Manitobans: William Arthur Irish (1872-1941)

Memorable Manitobans: James McDiarmid (1855-1934)

Memorable Manitobans: John McDiarmid (1863-1943)

Memorable Manitobans: George Frederick Galt (1855-1928)

Memorable Manitobans: John Galt (1856-1933)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Anne Building / Blue Ribbon Building (87 King Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Blue Ribbon Warehouse (334 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

“Winnipeg’s new buildings of 1901,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 November 1901, page 9.

Anne (Blue Ribbon) Building, 88 Arthur Street, City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings and Resources Committee, May 2014.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 22 February 2020

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