Historic Sites of Manitoba: Merchants Bank Building / Bank of Montreal Building (112 Second Street, Oakville, RM of Portage la Prairie)

This two-storey brick building on Second Street in Oakville, in the Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie, was designed by Calgary-based architect Reginald Edwardes McDonnell (1887-1963) and was constructed in 1919 as a branch of the Merchants Bank of Canada. It became a branch of the Bank of Montreal after the 1922 merger of the two banks.

Bank of Montreal Building at Oakville

Bank of Montreal Building at Oakville (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2022-0062

The former Bank of Montreal Building

The former Bank of Montreal Building (April 2022)
Source: George Penner

The former Bank of Montreal Building

The former Bank of Montreal Building (June 2022)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.92876, W98.00295
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Merchants Bank of Canada

Manitoba Business: Bank of Montreal


“A start has been made on the new Merchants Bank building in Oakville,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 July 1919, page 18.

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

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

Page revised: 19 May 2023

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