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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Northern Crown Bank Building / Royal Bank Building (968 Main Street, Winnipeg)

This two-storey brick building at the corner of Main Street and Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg was built in 1906 as a branch of the Northern Crown Bank. In 1918, renovations designed by architect John Hamilton Gordon Russell and built by contractor Aaron Grey turned it into a branch of the Royal Bank of Canada.

Former Northern Crown Bank Building

Former Northern Crown Bank Building (1948)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Former Northern Crown Bank Building

Former Northern Crown Bank Building (March 2018)
Source: Kerrin Asmundson

Former Northern Crown Bank Building

Former Northern Crown Bank Building (April 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91194, W97.13294
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Hamilton Gordon Russell (1863-1946)

Memorable Manitobans: Aaron Grey (1865-1962)

Manitoba Business: Northern Crown Bank

Manitoba Business: Royal Bank of Canada


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 883/1918, City of Winnipeg Archives.

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

We thank Kerrin Asmundson, Jordan Makichuk, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 September 2022

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