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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Merchants Bank Building / Bank of Montreal Building / Santa Furs Building (842 Corydon Avenue, Winnipeg)

This one-storey brick building on Corydon Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by Calgary-based architect Reginald Edwardes McDonnell (1887-1963) and built in 1919 as a branch of the Merchants Bank of Canada. Absorbed by the Bank of Montreal in 1921, it operated as a branch of that bank until closing in 1945. It was the home of R. Santa Furs through much of the mid-20th century, becoming a restaurant around 2004.

Merchants Bank Building

Merchants Bank Building (January 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.86928, W97.15719
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Merchants Bank of Canada

Sources:

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Obituary [Rudolf Santa], Winnipeg Free Press, 19 March 1979, page 61.

Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

This page was prepared by George Penner, Gordon Goldsborough, and Jordan Makichuk.

Page revised: 1 April 2022

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