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The Exchange District

Bain Building (The Brokerage) 115 Bannatyne
Built for E. Nicholson in 1899, Nicholson had gone into partnership with his young accountant, Donald H. Bain in 1905. Bain eventually bought out his partner in 1917, and in 1920 the business took over the five storey building to the west at 119 Bannatyne.

Marshall-Wells Warehouse 123 Bannatyne
Marshall-Wells Company, the third-largest hardware merchant in the United States was one of many foreign wholesalers attracted to Winnipeg’s tremendous market opportunities created by large-scale prairie settlement prior to World War I.

Swiss Building (Bright and Johnston Building)
137 Bannatyne Avenue

Mancel Willmot and George W. Stewart partnered to design the Bright and Johnston Building, on the north side of Bannatyne between Rorie Street and the Red River in the eastern half of the warehouse district.

Bright and Johnson/Mackenzie Block
141 Bannatyne Avenue

Bright and Johnston, wholesale grocers, were one of many companies to take advantage of Winnipeg’s growth as a trade and distribution center.

J.H. Ashdown Warehouse 167 Bannatyne
Built by Winnipeg’s “Merchant Prince” in 1895, the J.H. Ashdown Warehouse, remains a major urban landmark in the Exchange District.

Chatfield Distributors (Franklin Press Building)
168 Bannatyne

This brick office building is a good example of the detail that J.H.G. Russell used in both his grand works and his smaller structures.

Kelly Building (Kilgour Block) 181 Bannatyne
The building’s original tenants included the Kilgour Brothers, a printing and paper manufacturer; wholesale clothier Samuel D.R. Fernie; wholesale stationer W.V. Dawson; iron and brass bed manufacturer H.R. Ives and Co.; and the Souris Coal Mining Company.

McClary Building 185 Bannatyne Avenue
Like many wholesalers in the district, Ontario-based McClary Manufacturing Company relocated its Winnipeg branch closer to the railway spur lines in the eastern half of the warehouse district.

J.W. MacDonald Auto Service 189 Bannatyne
A service station hidden on Bannatyne Avenue.

Travellers Building 283 Bannatyne Avenue
The Travellers Building was originally built at the corner of Bannatyne Avenue and King Streets in 1906-07 for the North West Commercial Travellers Association. It housed their offices, meeting rooms, lounges and recreation facilities, including a Turkish bath.

Sanford Building 291 Bannatyne Avenue
The Sanford Manufacturing Company of Hamilton, Ontario constructed a three storey building at this location in 1890. Designed by C.H. Wheeler, the buildings top two storeys were destroyed by fire and removed.





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