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Historic Sites of Manitoba: DeBary Apartments / Highgate Apartments (626 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick and stone block, erected between 1912 and 1913 on a design by local architect Charles Saunders Bridgman, was one of three built in this area of the city by the Belgo-Canadian Real Estate Company, the others being the Anvers Block and the Brussels Block. Constructed by Claydon Brothers at a cost of about $142,000, the 150 by 120 foot building contained 30 apartments in its original configuration. Known initially as the DeBary Apartments, it was later renamed Highgate Apartments. Today, it contains 31 apartments.

The company retained ownership until 1970 when it was transferred twice before being converted to condominium ownership in 1978. The building is a municipally-designated historic site.

Highgate Apartments

Highgate Apartments (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Highgate Apartments

Highgate Apartments (January 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87471, W97.15026
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Charles Saunders Bridgman (1876-1965)

Manitoba Business: Claydon Brothers Construction Company / Claydon Construction Limited

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2035/1912, City of Winnipeg Archives.

Apartment House Architecture in Winnipeg to 1915 by David Spector, December 1980.

DeBary (Highgate) Apartments, (626 Wardlaw Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, June 1998.

Find a Postal Code, Canada Post.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Nathan Kramer, and George Penner.

Page revised: 20 May 2022

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