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Bright and Johnson/Mackenzie Block

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Bright and Johnston, wholesale grocers, were one of many companies to take advantage of Winnipeg’s growth as a trade and distribution center. Albert Bright had previously operated a liquor store at King Street and Logan Avenue. Kenneth John Johnston had move to the city in 1882.

Together, they acquired and renovated a three-storey warehouse at 137 Bannatyne Avenue. Its closeness to a railway spur line made it an attractive location for handling their goods. Success brought the need for a larger facility and in 1903 John H.G. Russell designed the four-storey structure at 141 Bannatyne Avenue. Built for $23,160 by Phillip Burnett and S.B. Ritchie, the complex became known as the Bright and Johnston Building.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage

Municipal, 1993, grade III

Minimal stylistic treatment, solid brick with brick corbelling and arches with radiating brick heads, wood post and beam construction. 4 storeys/30,250 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect

Wholesale warehouse

Wholesale warehouse 141 Bannatyne Avenue J.H.G. Russell





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