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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cosmopolitan Hotel / Palace Hotel / Sutherland Hotel (785 Main Street, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick structure on Main Street in Winnipeg was opened in December 1882, one of the first major buildings north of the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks, by hoteliers J. J. Gavin and R. J. Swayze. Named the Cosmopolitan Hotel, the hotel was leased to Joseph Bernhart in 1883. He purchased it in 1899 then sold it in 1902. Subsequent operators included Mr. Howard (1902-1903), Frank L. Curry (1904-1906), Charles F. Bunnell (1907-1908), and W. W. Whaley (1909). Renamed the Palace Hotel in 1903 and Sutherland Hotel in late 1907, a one-storey brick addition at the rear was made in 1913, designed by local architect Frank R. Evans and built by contractor W. Horner. A metal cornice along the top of the structure was removed sometime after 1978.

Sutherland Hotel

Sutherland Hotel (June 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Sutherland Hotel

Sutherland Hotel (January 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90686, W97.13348
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Joseph Bernhart (1853-1923)

Memorable Manitobans: Charles F. Bunnell (1852-1928)

Memorable Manitobans: Frank Robert Evans (1865-1949)


“City and province,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 December 1882, page 8.

“Main Street,” Manitoba Free Press, 30 December 1882, page 3.

Sutherland (Cosmopolitan) Hotel, 785 Main Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2009.

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

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Murray Peterson, and George Penner.

Page revised: 2 March 2020

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