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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hekla Block (260 Toronto Street, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick apartment block on Toronto Street in Winnipeg was designed by local architect James Pender West and constructed in 1911 by brothers Adalsteinn Kristjansson and Fridrik Kristjansson at a cost of about $55,000. The 68 foot by 91 foot building contained 20 apartments and a janitor’s quarters in its original configuration. The building suffered a structural failure in 2018 and was demolished. The site is now occupied by another building.

Ivanhoe Block

Hekla Block (April 2012)
Source: Blair Bingeman

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88781, W97.16480
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: James Pender West (1868-1939)

Memorable Manitobans: Adalsteinn Kristjansson (1878-1949)

Memorable Manitobans: Fridrik Kristjansson (c1885-1954)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1638/1911, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Early Icelandic builders in Winnipeg” by S. Aleck Thorarinson, Logberg Heimskringla, 30 March 1967, page 7.

“Dozens of new housing units on track for city’s vulnerable,” Winnipeg Free Press, 19 December 2020, page 15.

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

We thank Blair Bingeman for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 June 2022

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