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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Clarendon Hotel (311 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

In 1883, the five-storey Clarendon Hotel was built at the northwest corner of Portage Avenue and Donald Street in Winnipeg, on a design by local architect James Chisholm. In 1920, owner Fred W. Leistikow (son of William W. Leistikow) demolished the original structure and replaced it with a two-storey building which, three years later, had to be rebuilt after a severe February fire, under the supervision of Chisholm’s son, C. C. Chisholm. After having various occupants through the years, the building closed in the summer of 1998 and sat vacant for several years before being used as a music store and exhibition space.

In mid-2011, the City of Winnipeg approved its demolition, and the adjacent Mitchell-Copp Building, to make way for a new hotel, office complex, and parkade on the site. Demolition began in March 2012 and the new structure opened in the fall of 2015.

Clarendon Hotel

Clarendon Hotel (circa 1903)
Source: An Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg

The former Clarendon Hotel building

The former Clarendon Hotel building (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89375, W97.14370
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

Clarendon Block / Clarendon Hotel (311 Portage Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, January 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 February 2021

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