Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fanning Block / Union Bank Building / Royal Bank Building (Main Street, Newdale, Municipality of Harrison Park)

This two-storey building on Main Street in Newdale, in the Municipality of Harrison Park, was built in 1906 by businessman Albert Robert Fanning (1858-1942). Originally a wood frame structure, it was later covered in brick veneer and its front entrances were modified. The eastern half of the building was used between 1906 and 1955 as the Newdale post office while the western half was used initially by the private bank of Fanning and Hopper and, after 1910, by the Union Bank of Canada (Royal Bank of Canada after the company’s 1925 merger). The second floor provided residential space for bank employees.

The eastern side of the building was occupied by a physician (1960s) and an insurance agency (1977-1980). The building was then used as a restaurant until around 1984. It was later purchased by someone with plans to convert the building into an apartment block but the project did not come to fruition. The building was vacant at the time of a 2019 site visit.

Private bank and post office at Newdale

Private bank and post office at Newdale (no date)
Source: Newdale Historical Society

Former Royal Bank building at Newdale

Royal Bank building at Newdale (1974)
Source: Newdale 1870-2000, page 123.

Former Royal Bank building at Newdale

Former Royal Bank building at Newdale (March 2019)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N50.35112, W100.20475
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Union Bank of Canada

Manitoba Business: Royal Bank of Canada

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba


“Official opening [Jack’s Rainbow Diner],” Shoal Lake Star, 14 October 1982, page 12.

Newdale 1870-2000 by Newdale Community Historical Society, 2000, pages 15-17, 123-126, 306.

We thank Susan Proven, Lorraine Stevenson, Chris Milne, Bruce Dalgarno, and Duncan Waddell for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 January 2021

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