Historic Sites of Manitoba: Merchants Bank Building / Bank of Montreal Building / Ukrainian Mutual Benefit Building (804 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg)

This one-storey brick building at the southeast corner of Selkirk Avenue and Arlington Street in Winnipeg, measuring 28 feet by 42 feet, was designed by Calgary-based architect Reginald Edwardes McDonnell (1887-1963) and constructed in 1919 at a cost of about $17,000 by the construction firm of Carter-Halls-Aldinger 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 until closing in 1942. It was the headquarters of the Ukrainian Mutual Benefit Association of St. Nicholas from the 1940s to 2010s. At the time of 2022 and 2023 site visits, the building hosted the constituency office of a provincial politician.

Bank of Montreal Building

Bank of Montreal Building (no date)
Source: Jewish Historical Society of Western Canada Collection #2845, Archives of Manitoba

The former Bank of Montreal Building

The former Bank of Montreal Building (2011)
Source: Christian Cassidy

The former Bank of Montreal Building

The former Bank of Montreal Building (January 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91916, W97.15638
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Carter-Halls-Aldinger / Commonwealth Construction Company

Manitoba Business: Merchants Bank of Canada

Manitoba Business: Bank of Montreal


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1326/1919, City of Winnipeg Archives.

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

“Zarowski heads Ukrainian group for third term,” Winnipeg Tribune, 16 March 1946, page 7.

On Selkirk Avenue” by Christian Cassidy, West End Dumplings, 7 April 2011.

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

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

Page revised: 29 October 2023

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