Historic Sites of Manitoba: Union Trust Building (191 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg)

After the Nares Block collapsed during construction of the Canadian Bank of Commerce in 1911, the site was acquired by the Union Trust Company. Plans for the steel-framed building were prepared by architect John Danley Atchison. Based on the “Italian Renaissance” style, the verticality of the skyscraper is emphasized through the use of pilasters which frame pairs of windows. The building on Lombard Avenue was completed in 1913. A commemorative plaque is mounted on its southwest corner. In 2009, the building (a municipally-designated historic site) was recognized with a Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Award.

Union Trust Building

Union Trust Building (November 1946)
Source: Winnipeg Tribune Photo Collection, University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections, PC 18/7128/18-6191-016

Union Trust Building

Union Trust Building (June 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Union Trust Building

Union Trust Building (March 2021)
Source: George Penner

Union Trust Building commemorative plaque

Union Trust Building commemorative plaque (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89636, W97.13799
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: First Masonic Lodge Plaque (191 Lombard Avenue, Winnipeg)

Union Tower Building (191 Lombard Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, July 1983.

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


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 George Penner and Darryl Resch for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 August 2022

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