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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hyldegunn Block / Burris Block (686 Toronto Street, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick apartment block on Toronto Street in Winnipeg was designed by local architect Paul Melsted Clemens and constructed in 1912 by painter and decorator Sigfus Anderson (1862-1942) at a cost of about $22,000. The 70 by 22 building contained seven apartments. Known initially as the Hyldegunn Block, it was renamed the Burris Block in 1913. The following year, outlaw John “Bloody Jack” Krafchenko was captured here.

Burris Block

Burris Block (October 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89948, W97.16399
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Paul Melsted Clemens (1870-1966)

Memorable Manitobans: John “Bloody Jack” Krafchenko (1881-1914)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 483/1912, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Westlake sticks to first story,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 January 1914, page 2.

“Furnished suites,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 June 1914, page 19.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Death registration [Sigfus Anderson], Manitoba Vital Statistics.

Obituary [Sigfus Anderson], Winnipeg Tribune, 22 June 1942, page 18.

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

Architect Paul Melsted Clemens (Part 2) by Christian Cassidy, West End Dumplings.

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

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

Page revised: 16 February 2022

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