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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Winnipeg Post Office Shards and Plaque (Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Designed by Dominion Government architect David Ewart, Winnipeg’s sixth post office, located on the south side of Portage Avenue between Fort and Garry streets, was constructed in 1908 by Kelly Brothers Contractors at a cost of $750,000 under the supervision of Toronto architects Darling and Pearson. The four-storey, steel frame structure also housed the Parcel Customs Department, the Dominion Lands Department, and the Federal Public Works Department. The location of the building helped to establish Portage Avenue as the leading retail street in Winnipeg. However, by 1958, the post office had closed and in the fall of 1962, it was demolished. These salvaged limestone column sections were re-erected in 1990 during the upgrading of Mostyn Park near the corner of Mostyn Place and Colony Street.

Postmasters

Period

Postmasters

Before 1908

 

1908-1920

Peter Campbell McIntyre (1854-1920)

1921-1934

Thomas Tofield Bower (1867-1968)

1934-1940

W. F. Lough

1940-1944

J. W. Dickson

1944-?

T. A. Rutledge

?-1958

?

Photos & Coordinates

Postcard view of the Winnipeg Post Office

Postcard view of the Winnipeg Post Office (circa 1910) by Israel Meyers
Source: Rob McInnes

Winnipeg Post Office Shards and Plaque

Winnipeg Post Office Shards and Plaque (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88265, W97.15200
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Postal Coat of Arms (Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg)

Sources:

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.

Post Offices and Postmasters, Library and Archives Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 October 2020

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