Historic Sites of Manitoba: Scott Fruit Company Warehouse (319 Elgin Avenue, Winnipeg)

This three-storey warehouse on Elgin Avenue in Winnipeg was designed and built in 1914 by James McDiarmid for fruit merchant Robert Ross Scott. The lower two floors were occupied by the Scott firm, and the third floor was rented to a variety of businesses, including the Butterick Publishing Company, Standard Fashion Company, and New Idea Pattern Company. In the mid-1920s, the fruit company moved to premises on Ross Avenue and its place in the building was taken by Mid West Paper Sales Limited, which remained there until the 1950s. Subsequent occupants included clothing manufacturers, a food broker, a printer, and a children’s theatre. A one-storey annex to the main structure, added in 1945, was occupied in 1975 by Metro Motors.

The building is a municipally-designated historic site. It has been renovated and, in 2021, serves as the Red River College Innovation Centre. It received a conservation award from Heritage Winnipeg (2022).

Scott Fruit Company Warehouse

Scott Fruit Company Warehouse (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Scott Fruit Company Warehouse

Scott Fruit Company Warehouse (November 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90076, W97.14142
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: James McDiarmid (1855-1934)

Memorable Manitobans: Robert Ross Scott (1857-1924)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Scott House (29 Ruskin Road, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Scott Fruit Company Warehouse (319 Elgin Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, April 2004.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 February 2023

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