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Grange Building/Mitchell Block

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This building is one of the oldest structures on McDermot Avenue. Built for the W.J. Mitchell Drug Company in 1887, the drug supply firm was founded by Messrs. Trolt and Melville in 1875. W.J. Mitchell joined the firm in 1880 and become sole proprietor three years later. His  original retail store was located on Main Street, however with the expansion of the western frontier, Mitchell commissioned British-born architect Arthur T. Timewell to design a new warehouse and drug manufacturing facility.

Built at a cost of $7,000, the Mitchell Block was decorated with an ornate exterior much of which is now missing, although decorative window details have survived.  The ground floor and entranceway have been substantially altered.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1886-1887 Municipal, 1985, grade III Original had ornate façade including a mortar and pestle motif over doorway (only window decoration remains). 3 storeys/8,000 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Retail and manufacture of drugs and medicines. Retail 173 McDermot Avenue A.T. Timewell





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