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Stobart Building (Bedford Building)

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Wholesalers in Winnipeg at the turn of the century benefited tremendously from favourable rates offered by the Canadian Pacific Railway. Soon, other railways granted similar rates resulting in a spectacular increase in the jobbing trade of the city.

At one point there were nineteen rail lines connecting Winnipeg to the rest of Canada as the city became the supply point for Western Canadian settlement.


2nd floor




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1903 Municipal, 1983, grade III Paired windows with rusticated stone sills, steel and masonry construction. 7 storeys/93,888 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Warehouse for wholesale and garment trade. Retail/Offices 281 McDermot Avenue

J.H. Cadham





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