Historic Sites of Manitoba: Merchants Bank Building (213 First Avenue, Bowsman, Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman)

This two-storey building on First Avenue in Bowsman, in the Municipality of Minitonas-Bowsman, was designed by Calgary-based architect Reginald Edwardes McDonnell (1887-1963) and built in 1919 as a branch of the Merchants Bank of Canada. In 1922, when the bank merged with the Bank of Montreal, it became a branch of that bank. Most recently, it was a branch of TD Canada Trust. The building appeared to be vacant at the time of a 2021 site visit.

Former Merchants Bank Building at Bowsman

Former Merchants Bank Building at Bowsman (July 2021)
Source: George Penner

Former Merchants Bank Building at Bowsman

Former Merchants Bank Building at Bowsman (September 2022)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N52.23724, W101.20802
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Merchants Bank of Canada

Manitoba Business: Bank of Montreal


Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.

This page was prepared by George Penner, Jordan Makichuk, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 May 2023

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