Historic Sites of Manitoba: Excelsior Macaroni Factory / Constant Macaroni Factory (254 Dumoulin Street, Winnipeg)
A two-storey brick residence on Dumoulin Street in Winnipeg, designed by architect Joseph-Azarie Senecal and constructed between 1912 and 1913 by contractor Joseph Adolphe Biron, is all that remains of a macaroni-making facility operated here by businessman Henri Constant. Having come to Canada from Marseilles, France where his family had made pasta for generations, Constant operated the facility until the Fall of 1928 when it was purchased by C. H. Catelli and Company of Montreal. In early 1929, Catelli moved its operations to a larger building on Henry Avenue.
While the Constant family remained in the house, the macaroni factory stood vacant until early 1938 when it was used for a short time as an industrial college to train young men in diesel mechanics and welding. The Constants reacquired the building around 1941. Constant Macaroni Products Limited, established in 1936 by two of the Constant children, Madeleine Constant (c1907-1996) and Lucien Constant (1912-1993), was moved from a site on Ross Avenue back into the original factory. It operated there until the building was destroyed in a massive fire on 27 August 1962. The company closed in 1970.
A machine shop and garage that had been part of the original factory were demolished in 2019 to make way for a new residence. A pair of millstones used to grind wheat into flour for pasta-making remain at the site.
[advertisement], Manitoba Free Press, 9 October 1928, page 17.
[classified ad], Winnipeg Tribune, 10 February 1938, page 18.
“Blaze destroys macaroni plant,” Winnipeg Tribune, 27 August 1962, page 29.
Obituary [Lucien Clement Constant], Winnipeg Free Press, 4 July 1993, page 35.
Obituary [Madeleine Constant], Winnipeg Free Press, 28 April 1996, page 84.
Old St. Boniface: A Study of its Urban Growth and Historic Built Environment by Sheila C. Grover, Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, 2003.
We thank Murray Peterson and Joseph Constant for providing information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 November 2021