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Telegram Building

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The Telegram Building was originally built for the R. J. Whitla Company and their dry goods wholesale business. Whitla owned one of Winnipeg’s largest wholesale concerns and was a prominent citizen of Manitoba. He was the captain of E Company, which he led in the Northwest Rebellion, and a founder of Wesley College.

It was one of the first large buildings in this former residential district; however, by 1900 the area was known to Winnipeggers as the “warehouse district”.  The area was ideal – close to markets, main streets and the railway but with enough economical space for the necessary loading docks and large-scale operations.





Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1882-1884 Municipal, 1980, grade II Italianate classically inspired styling with many decorative motifs, heavy cornice, wood post and beam construction with iron columns. 4 storeys/21,500 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Publishing and Wholesale Retail and Offices 70 Albert Street William Hodgson





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