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Historic Sites
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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Confederation Life Building (457 Main Street, Winnipeg)

This ten-storey, steel-framed office block is representative of early high-rise building construction technology in Winnipeg. Designed in the Chicago style of architecture by J. Wilson Gray of Toronto, it was erected in 1912 by the Carter-Halls-Aldinger Company of Winnipeg at a cost of $400,000. The building was owned and occupied by the Confederation Life Association for over 50 years. Its style, use, and placement within Winnipeg’s commercial core make it an enduring symbol of the city’s great economic and spatial growth in the early twentieth century. This plaque was installed in 1976 by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. In 2018, a renovation project received a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg.

Confederation Life Building

Confederation Life Building (July 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Confederation Life Building Plaque

Confederation Life Building Plaque (2009)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89866, W97.13886
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

Confederation Life Building (457 Main Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, 1980.

Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 19 February 2018

Historic Sites of Manitoba

This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

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Please note that inclusion in this collection does not mean that a particular site has special status or protection. Some sites are on private property and permission must be secured from the owner prior to visiting.

Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.


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