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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cornelius Block (485 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg)

This two-storey block on Sherbrook Street in Winnipeg was designed and built in late 1906 by Ernest Robert Workman for newly-arrived American immigrant Charles Cornelius (1858-1933, husband of Mary Bell Evans Cornelius). At first, the building was used as a bedspring factory. In 1909, it was renovated into six residential apartments and offices for Cornelius’ osteopathic medical practice.

In 1919, extensive alterations to the building were completed by the Claydon Brothers Construction Company at a cost of about $22,500. By the 1920s, it contained 19 apartments. It has 22 apartments today.

Cornelius Block

Cornelius Block (1906)
Source: Manitoba Free Press, 6 December 1906, page 18.

Cornelius Block

Cornelius Block (November 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89339, W97.15849
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Ernest Robert Workman (1881-1965)

Memorable Manitobans: Mary Bell Evans Cornelius (1864-1951)

Manitoba Business: Claydon Brothers Construction Company / Claydon Construction Limited


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2704/1906, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Spring mattresses factory of C. & J. Cornelius,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 December 1906, page 18.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1021/1909, City of Winnipeg Archives.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 987/1919, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Building permits,” Manitoba Free Press, 20 Augusts 1919, page 5.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 3096/1930, City of Winnipeg Archives.

Find a Postal Code, Canada Post.

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, George Penner, and Jordan Makichuk.

Page revised: 19 May 2023

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