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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Monarch Life Building / Workers Compensation Building (333 Broadway, Winnipeg)

This six-storey building on Broadway in Winnipeg was constructed in 1961 for the Monarch Life Assurance Company. In its lobby is a brass plaque listing employees of the firm who served in military forces during the Second World War, including those who were killed. Occupied by the Workers Compensation Building since 1999, extensive renovations between 2011 and 2013 were recognized with a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg. It became a municipally-designated historic building in 2021.

Aerial view of the Monarch Life Building

Aerial view of the Monarch Life Building (1960s)
Source: Planning, Property & Development, City of Winnipeg , #0160.

Postcard view of the Monarch Life Building

Postcard view of the Monarch Life Building (1960s)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2019-0089

Workers Compensation Building

Workers Compensation Building (May 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Workers Compensation Building

Workers Compensation Building (February 2021)
Source: George Penner

Commemorative plaque in the lobby of the Workers Compensation Building

Commemorative plaque in the lobby of the Workers Compensation Building (May 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.88749, W97.14240
denoted by symbol on the map above

Second World War Casualities

Name

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

Charles Geoffrey Bradshaw

Veterans Guard of Canada

Lieutenant Colonel

13 August 1891

18 February 1946

Harold Alexander Coutts

171 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flying Officer

30 November 1913

7 March 1945

Ian Bruce Croll

21 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force

Flight Lieutenant

17 March 1910

15 June 1944

See also:

Manitoba Business: Monarch Life Assurance Company

Sources:

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Darryl Toews.

Page revised: 2 June 2022

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