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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gwalia Block / Fergus Block (169-173 Osborne Street, Winnipeg)

A three-storey brick building at the southwest corner of Osborne Street and Wardlaw Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by local architect Herbert Bell Rugh and built in 1909 by Griffin Brothers at a cost of $15,000. It had three retail stores on its main level and six residential apartments on the upper two floors. A smaller, two-storey brick building on the south side, built at least a year earlier, was joined to it and the two buildings were known collectively as the Gwalia Block. Around 1924, they were renamed the Fergus Block.

Southern portion of the Fergus Block

Fergus Block (November 2020)
Source: George Penner

Southern portion of the Fergus Block

Southern portion of the Fergus Block (November 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87680, W97.14402
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Bell Rugh (1879-1924)

Manitoba Business: Griffin Brothers


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1728/1909, City of Winnipeg Archives.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Preparation of this page was supported, in part, by the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund of the City of Winnipeg.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Nathan Kramer, and George Penner.

Page revised: 5 December 2021

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