Virtual Heritage Winnipeg
Home Contact Sitemap Search Help
Virtual Tour Gallery Vignettes Links
Greater Winnipeg

Vignettes /Greater Winnipeg / Garry-Osborne

Bank of Montreal

Enlarge text:  smaller  |  larger

Since 1913, the Bank of Montreal, located at the corner of Portage and Main has been a dominant structure at one of Canada’s most recognized crossroads. The bank has enjoyed a long and prosperous history in Winnipeg since 1877 when they opened their first branch in rented premises at Broadway and Main.

Capitalizing on the 1881 land boom that accompanied the Canadian Pacific Railway’s arrival, the bank opened a new brick building near the southwest corner of Main and Portage. This location remained attractive until the urge to join the movement towards grandiose and monumental banking facilities moved the bank to an unusual southeast Portage & Main location. Local newspapers heralded the bank’s construction and its success was guaranteed before the doors opened in 1913.


Exterior c1915


Bank Hall

Virtual Tour




Winnipeg Map
Downtown Winnipeg Map


Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1913 1980 NA NA

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Bank Bank 335 Main Street

McKim, Mead & White


Additional Info


Featured Images


about this site  :  credits  :  Français