Historic Sites of Manitoba: General Motors Building / Inman Motors (155 Fort Street, Winnipeg)

This one-storey brick buildingat the northeast corner of Fort Street and York Avenue in Winnipeg, measuring 125 feet by 126 feet, was designed by local architect Max Zev Blankstein and built in 1928 for owner A. Schwartz at a cost of about $25,000 as a truck dealership for General Motors.

In the 1930s, the dealership also sold Chevrolet and Oldsmobile automobiles. A privately owned GM dealership called Inman Motors occupied the building from 1939 to 1958, after which it was used until 2005 by various auto-related enterprises. It is presently used as an office building.

General Motors Building

General Motors Building (1928)
Source: Winnipeg Tribune, 15 September 1928, page 27

General Motors Building

General Motors Building (April 2017)
Source: George Penner

General Motors Building

General Motors Building (January 2023)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89046, W97.13700
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1874-1931)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2341/1928, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Permits for buildings pass $6,000,000 mark,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 June 1928, page 20.

“Permits issued,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 June 1928, page 5.

“City’s first truck garage,” Winnipeg Tribune, 15 September 1928, page 27.

155 Fort Street, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Jordan Makichuk.

Page revised: 31 July 2023

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