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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Royal Alexandra Hotel (Higgins Avenue, Winnipeg)

The Royal Alexandra Hotel was designed for the Canadian Pacific Railway by Montreal architects Edward and William Maxwell for the north-east corner of Higgins and Main Street in Winnipeg. Upon opening in 1906, the “Royal Alex” was considered one of the finest hotels in western Canada and, for many years, it served as the social centre of Winnipeg. The hotel closed its doors in 1967 and was demolished in 1971. The interior of its dining room was carefully disassembled, then reassembled at the Canadian Museum of Rail Travel at Cranbrook, British Columbia.

Some Tyndall stone lion heads that originally graced the facade were donated to the City of Winnipeg by Alexander Billinkoff, and are displayed a few blocks from the former hotel site.

Union Station

Royal Alexandra Hotel (no date)
Source: Toronto Postcard Club, LGG2016-0078

Royal Alexandra Hotel

Postcard of Royal Alexandra Hotel (early 1960s)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0009

Royal Alexandra Hotel

Royal Alexandra Hotel (March 1971)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7451, Album 15, Page 64.

Union Station

Cafe Royal in the Royal Alexandra Hotel (no date)
Source: Toronto Postcard Club, LGG2016-0080

Royal Alexandra Hotel

Royal Alexandra Hotel Plaque at N49.89760, W97.13497 (2009)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Plaque Site Location (lat/long): N49.90486, W97.13377
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sinclair’s Creek Plaque (Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Transfer Railway Spur Line Plaque (Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Royal Alexandra Hotel Shard (Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg)

A Fallen Splendour: The Challener Murals of Winnipeg’s Royal Alexandra Hotel by Susan Moffatt Rozniatowski
Manitoba History, Number 42, Autumn / Winter 2001-2002


Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

We thank Jason Vanderhill (Vancouver Postcard Club) and the Toronto Postcard Club for providing images of the Royal Alexandra Hotel.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 25 June 2016

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