Historic Sites of Manitoba: Guest Fish Warehouse / Great West Metal Building (90 Alexander Avenue, Winnipeg)

This building on Alexander Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by local architect James Chisholm and constructed in 1905 by William Grace and Company for William John Guest of the W. J. Fish Company of Selkirk. An addition was made five years later by Carter-Halls-Aldinger. In 1939, the building was occupied by Great-West Metal Products Limited founded earlier that year by George T. Williams and his father Martin Williams Sr. Further building expansions occurred in 1949, 1956, 1974, and 2002. In 2017, it became a municipally-designated historic building.

The former Guest Fish Warehouse, now the Great West Metal building

The former Guest Fish Warehouse, now the Great West Metal building (October 2017)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Great West Metal building

Great West Metal building (February 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90005, W97.13207
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: William John Guest (1852-1940)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


W. J. Guest Fish Company Warehouse / Great West Metal Company Building, 90 Alexander Avenue, Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, June 2015.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 9 September 2022

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