Historic Sites of Manitoba: Hill’s Drug Store (200 Saskatchewan Avenue East, Portage la Prairie)

In 1901, pharmacist John Kelly Hill built a two-storey brick building at this site on Saskatchewan Avenue East in Portage la Prairie using locally-produced bricks. Son George Kelly Hill (1904-1980) joined the business in 1927. He sold the building in 1976 to Delta Apparel Industries and the business to pharmacists Cliff Bagrie and Charlie Oliver. The building and pharmacy were purchased by subsequent owners in 2006.

The building is now a municipally-designated historic site (2009). Its interior retains the original pressed-tin ceiling.

Hill's Drug Store

Hill’s Drug Store (May 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Hill's Drug Store

Hill’s Drug Store (November 2020)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.97313, W98.28759
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Kelly Hill (1871-1934)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Buildings of Heritage Interest, Portage la Prairie, 2007.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Rose Kuzina.

Page revised: 25 January 2022

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