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Lyon Block/Bate Building

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William H. Lyon, had been an Indian trader before opening a store in the Red River Settlement in 1860 to rival the Hudson Bay Company. The business eventually required more space as it grew into the large and prosperous wholesale partnership of Lyon,  MacKenzie and Powis.

This brick building was erected in 1883 and was well constructed, with oversized joists and a stone foundation.  A three-storey structure designed in Romanesque style similar to other buildings in the burgeoning warehouse district.  The details and quality of the brickwork on the Lyon Block, however, made its design especially notable and successful.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1883 Municipal, 1981, grade II Romanesque Revival influences such as window arches, wood post and beam construction. 5 storeys/36,582 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Warehouse Retail/Offices 217-225 McDermot Avenue Blackstone





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