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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Massey Building (294 William Avenue, Winnipeg)

The Massey Manufacturing Company, established in Upper Canada (now Ontario) in 1847, opened a branch office in Winnipeg in 1881, and built its own warehouse and office in 1885. The four-storey Massey Building was designed by local architect George Browne. In 1891, Massey joined with another prominent manufacturer of agricultural implements to form the Massey-Harris Company.

With growth in its business, the firm needed more space so, in 1904, it commissioned Frank Peters to design a more plain brick warehouse adjacent to the 1885 building, more than doubling the total floor space. Massey-Harris assembled and sold equipment from this location until 1944 when it moved to space elsewhere. The building is a municipally-designated historic site.

Massey Building

Massey 1904 Warehouse (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89944, W97.14110
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Massey Building (294 William Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, April 1983.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 26 October 2013

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