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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Breadalbane Block / Ambassador Apartments (379 Hargrave Street, Winnipeg)

This wedge-shaped five-storey building at the corner of Hargrave Street and Cumberland Avenue was constructed in 1909 on a design by local architect John Woodman. Known originally as the Breadalbane Block, its owners were James Fisher (who named it after his Scottish birthplace) and John D. McArthur. The original design provided 12 bachelor, one- and two-bedroom suites on each floor, with a janitor’s suite in the basement. Larger units had a drawing room, dining room, kitchen, and bathroom. Plans initially included a fifth-floor restaurant with a smoking room over the central balcony and small suites along Cumberland. Most of this space was converted to suites when the restaurant was not installed, but the smoking lounge was retained.

The building was sold to financial agent John McIvor around 1927. He installed suites in the basement and smoking lounge, bringing the building’s capacity to about 70 units, and renamed it the Ambassador in 1928. Largely vacant by the late 1980s, the structure was renovated around that time. It is a municipally-designated historic site.

Breadalbane Block / Ambassador Apartments

Ambassador Apartments / Breadalbane Block (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Breadalbane Block / Ambassador Apartments

Ambassador Apartments / Breadalbane Block (January 2021)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89589, W97.14600
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Memorable Manitobans: Albert Robert “Ginger” Snook (1835-1926)


Ambassador Apartments (379 Hargrave Street), Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, November 1985.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 January 2021

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