Manitoba Historical Society
     Keeping history alive for over 144 years

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Merchants Bank Building / Royal Bank Building (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 Royal Bank of Canada after the 1922 merger of the two banks.

Royal Bank Building

Royal Bank Building (no date)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2022-0062

The former Royal Bank Building

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

The former Royal Bank Building

The former Royal Bank 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: Royal Bank of Canada


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: 21 November 2022

Historic Sites of Manitoba

This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society.

Browse lists of:
Museums/Archives | Buildings | Monuments | Cemeteries | Locations | Other

Please note that inclusion in this collection does not mean that a particular site has special status or protection. Some sites are on private property and permission must be secured from the owner prior to visiting.

Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.

Send corrections and additions to this page
to the MHS Webmaster at

Search Tips | Suggest an Historic Site | FAQ

Help us keep history alive!

MHS YouTube Channel

Back to top of page

For queries on the above page, please contact the MHS Webmaster.

Home  |  Terms & Conditions  |  FAQ  |  Contact Us  |  Privacy Policy  |  Donations

© 1998-2023 Manitoba Historical Society. All rights reserved.