Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fowler Block (Baldur, RM of Argyle)

This building in Baldur, in the Rural Municipality of Argyle, was constructed in 1899 for merchant Alexander Fowler. He had arrived in Baldur in 1891 to operate a new grain elevator for the Manitoba Elevator Company, where his father was President. By 1895, he purchased the saddlery business of C. W. Watson and, four years later, constructed this building. The west part of the main level was occupied by the saddlery business; the larger eastern section was rented to various merchants. In 1904 he became the community postmaster and for the next 31 years the town post office was located here. The structure remained in the Fowler family until 1978 when it was sold to Earl and Joy Johnson. The building is a municipally-designed historic site (1995).

Fowler Block

Fowler Block (October 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Fowler Block

Fowler Block (March 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.38509, W99.24450
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Fowler Block, 225 Elizabeth Avenue East, Baldur, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

We thank Ed Grassick and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 January 2022

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