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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Strathcona Block / Fort Garry Court (160 Main Street, Winnipeg)

Designed by architect George Browne, this four-storey brick and stone block, measuring 179 feet by 124 feet, was built in 1902 at the corner of Main Street and Broadway in Winnipeg, opposite the Union Station, by Philip Burnett and George Andrews Mitchell under the supervision of Edward G. Sherwood, for owner Donald Alexander Smith. Known initially as the Strathcona Block, it was later renamed the Fort Garry Court.

The building was damaged extensively by a fire on 1 February 1976 and was subsequently demolished.

Front view of the Strathcona Block

Front view of the Strathcona Block (circa 1903)
Source: An Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg by W. A. Martel & Sons.

Rear view of the Strathcona Block

Rear view of the Strathcona Block (circa 1903)
Source: An Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg by W. A. Martel & Sons.

Fort Garry Court was visible in the lower, left corner of this postcard, opposite the Union Station

Fort Garry Court was visible in the lower, left corner of this postcard, opposite the Union Station (c1920s)
Source: Rob McInnes, WP0634.

Postcard view of Fort Garry Court / Strathcona Block

Postcard view of Fort Garry Court / Strathcona Block (no date)
Source: Rob McInnes

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88891, W97.13548
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: George Browne (1852-1919)

Memorable Manitobans: Philip Burnett (1848-1936)

Memorable Manitobans: George Andrews Mitchell (1857-1909)

Memorable Manitobans: Donald Alexander Smith [Lord Strathcona] (1820-1914)

Some Old Winnipeg Buildings by Randy R. Rostecki
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 29, 1972-73 Season

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

Sources:

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 422/1902, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“3 die, 5 missing in downtown apartment blaze,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 February 1976, page 1.

Fort Garry Court, Winnipeg Building Index.

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

We thank Rob McInnes for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 1 July 2022

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