Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hyldegunn Block / Burris Block (686 Toronto Street, Winnipeg)
This three-storey brick apartment block on Toronto Street in Winnipeg, measuring 22 feet by 70 feet, was designed by local architect Pall Melsted “Paul” Clemens and constructed in 1912 by painter and decorator Sigfus Anderson (1862-1942) at a cost of about $22,000. The building contained seven apartments in its original configuration. 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.
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.
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.
Preparation of this page was supported, in part, by the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund of the City of Winnipeg.
Page revised: 28 March 2023