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Casa Loma Building

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The construction of the T. Eaton Company at 320 Portage Avenue was the catalyst that shifted Winnipeg’s retailers away from Main Street towards a new commercial centre of the city. Pedestrian and vehicle traffic increased dramatically as offices, stores and financial institutions began to fill up the available lots. Not only was the downtown business district expanding, but also the street railway system and automobile were opening up residential development away from downtown.

In 1909, the Casa Loma retail/apartment block was built at the southeast corner of Portage Avenue and Sherbrook Street for realtors, MacMillan and Vollans. Built at a cost of $106,000, this five-storey block was designed by architect J.H.G. Russell. The general contractor was the firm of Carter-Halls-Aldinger Company Limited.





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Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1909 Municipal Grade III, 2004 Wainscotting, Murphy beds 5 storeys

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Retail/Apartment Block Retail/Apartment Block 644 Portage Avenue/309 Sherbrook Street J.H.G. Russell


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