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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Kilgour Block / Kelly Block (181 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)

This six-storey brick warehouse was built in 1904-1905 by local contractor Thomas Kelly on a plan designed by Charles H. Walker. Owned initially by Kelly and Joseph Maw, Kelly owned the entire building by the time of its completion. The original tenants of the building included Kilgour Brothers, a printing and paper manufacturer, wholesale clothier Samuel D. R. Fernie, wholesale stationer W. V. Dawson, iron and brass bed manufacturer H. R. Ives and Company, and the Souris Coal Mining Company. The building was owned by the Kelly family until the mid-1920s when it was owned briefly by Edwin Loftus then taken over by Kilgour Brothers. The company later became the Bell-Kilgour Division of Domtar Packaging Company in the early 1960s. The company moved out in the late 1970s and the building sat vacant for a time. It is a municipally-designated historic site.

Kilgour Block

Kilgour Block (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Kilgour Block

Kilgour Block (May 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89788, W97.13781
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Kilgour Block / Kelly Building (181 Bannatyne Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, August 1999.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 October 2020

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