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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ashdown Warehouse (167 Bannatyne Avenue, Winnipeg)

In 1894, Winnipeg merchant James H. Ashdown commissioned local architect S. Frank Peters to design a large warehouse for his growing hardware business, and successfully obtained permission to have a railway spur line constructed behind the building erected in 1895. The original structure, built by contractor S. B. Ritchie, was four storeys high. In 1899, architect J. H. G. Russell designed a four-storey warehouse for Ashdown at 179 Bannatyne, to serve the grocery wholesale firm of Codville and Company. Initially separated from 167 Bannatyne by a vacant lot, over the next 11 years, Russell designed various additions that connected the two buildings and increased its height to six storeys. The Ashdown company was sold in 1971 and the building, a municipally-designated historic site, has been renovated into commercial and residential space. These renovations were recognized with a Heritage Winnipeg Conservation Award in 1989.

Ashdown Warehouse

Ashdown Warehouse (circa 1903)
Source: An Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg

Ashdown Warehouse

Ashdown Warehouse (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89764, W97.13670
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: James Henry Ashdown (1844-1924)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ashdown House (529 Wellington Crescent, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Ashdown Building (476 Main Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Ashdown Warehouse (167 Bannatyne Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, August 1984.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 January 2020

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