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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Merchants Bank Building (804 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg)

This one-storey brick building on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by Calgary-based architect Reginald Edwardes McDonnell (1887-1963) and constructed in 1919 as a branch of the Merchants Bank of Canada. After being a branch of the Bank of Montreal into the 1930s, it was the headquarters of the Ukrainian Mutual Benefit Association of St. Nicholas from the 1940s to 2010s. At the time of a 2022 site visit, the building hosted the constituency office of a provincial politician.

The former Merchants Building Building

The former Merchants Building Building (2011)
Source: Christian Cassidy

The former Merchants Building Building

The former Merchants Building Building (January 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91916, W97.15638
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Merchants Bank of Canada

Manitoba Business: Bank of Montreal

Sources:

“Zarowski heads Ukrainian group for third term,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 March 1946, page 7.

On Selkirk Avenue” by Christian Cassidy, West End Dumplings, 7 April 2011.

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

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

Page revised: 1 April 2022

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