Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cumberland Building / Nokomis Block (344 Cumberland Avenue, Winnipeg)

This four-storey brick residential apartment building on Cumberland Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by local architect Cyril William Upton Chivers and built in 1912 by James McDiarmid for the Notre Dame Investment Company. During the course of construction, the project consumed 10 cords of stone, 400,000 red bricks, 2,000 square yards of plaster, and 600 cubic yards of concrete. Known initially as the Cumberland Building, it was renamed the Nokomis Block around 1919.

Nokomis Block

Nokomis Block (May 2018)
Source: George Penner

Rear view of the Nokomis Block

Rear view of the Nokomis Block (December 2019)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89634, W97.14690
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Cyril William Upton Chivers (1879-1969)

Memorable Manitobans: James McDiarmid (1855-1934)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2792/1912, City of Winnipeg Archives.

Nakomis Apartments, 344 Cumberland Avenue by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, January 2007.

Preparation of this page was supported, in part, by the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund of the City of Winnipeg.

We thank Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by George Penner and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 July 2022

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