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Wilson Building (Allen Building)

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This six-storey brick building was constructed in 1905 for the J.C. Wilson Company, a Quebec-based paper products manufacturer and wholesaler. Manufacturing a wide range of domestic and commercial paper products at mills in Montreal, Lachute and St. Jerome, the firm established its western wholesale operations in Winnipeg in 1902. The company subsequently expanded with a move to its new office, shipping and show room space at 288 McDermot.

Woodman worked on the Wilson Building with Peter Lyall and Company, one of the city’s prominent contractors specializing in large commercial projects.  Later known as Lyall and Mitchell, this firm also specialized in the use of machine and hand-cut stone crafted at its own yards in Winnipeg.  Both cutting techniques are evident in the Wilson project.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1905 Municipal, 1987, grade III

Large arches on main floor, copper cornice, brick parapet, brick quoins, ornamentation over windows, post and beam frame.

6 storeys/31,185 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Wholesale warehouse Retail/Offices 288 McDermot Avenue John Woodman





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