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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brown Block (666-668 Arlington Street, Winnipeg)

Located along Arlington Street in Winnipeg, a single-storey brick building was designed by brothers Robert Brown and Stephen Gordon Brown and constructed in 1907 by contractor Benjamin Davison (1865-?). The structure measured 30 feet by 50 feet with a basement of 30 feet by 36 feet. It was completed at a cost of about $3,600. Second and third floors containing residential suites were added in 1914, also by Davison, at a total cost of $5,000. Used by the Brown brothers as a bakery and grocery into the early 1920s, the building was occupied by Quality Cakes Limited in the later 1920s.

Brown Block

Brown Block (May 2019)
Source: George Penner

Brown Block

Brown Block (September 2022)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Brown Block

Brown Block (September 2022)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Brown Block

Brown Block (September 2022)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89731, W97.16879
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brown Block (323-327 Garry Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brown Block (902 Home Street, Winnipeg)

Manitoba Business: Quality Cakes Limited


“Building permits issued,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 October 1907, page 10.

“Building permits this week,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 November 1907, page 18.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2239/1907, City of Winnipeg Archives.

1911 Canada census [Ben Davison], Automated Genealogy.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2639/1914, City of Winnipeg Archives.

Companies Office corporation documents (CCA 0059), 11Q - Quality Cakes Limited, GR6427, Archives of Manitoba.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Preparation of this page was supported, in part, by the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund of the City of Winnipeg.

We thank Gordon Goldsborough, Jordan Makichuk, and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 28 January 2023

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