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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rubin Block / Morley Apartments (270 Morley Avenue, Winnipeg)

This three-storey building at the corner of Morley Avenue and Osborne Street in Winnipeg was built in 1914 on a design by pioneering architect Max Blankstein for contractor Reubin Cohen. The main floor hosted a branch of the Merchants Bank of Canada and shops for a barber and tailor. The upper two floors had residential apartments. Later owners included the Timco Investments Company (1915-1925), J. A. Forlong (1925-1931), Lonsdale Investment Limited (1933-1943), H. Sokolov and M. Wolinsky (1944), and Samuel Werier (1947-1948). It is still owned by the Werier family. The building was damaged by major fires in 2007 and 2014, and it has been sitting empty ever since.

Rubin Block

Rubin Block (August 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N49.86514, W97.13444
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Merchants Bank of Canada

Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1873-1931)

Memorable Manitobans: Reubin [Rubin] Cohen (c1865-1955)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba

Sources:

Rubin Block / Morley Apartments, 270 Morley Avenue by Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings and Resources Committee, December 2017.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and George Penner.

Page revised: 9 March 2020

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