Historic Sites of Manitoba: Union Bank Building / Bank of Montreal Building (33 Main Street, Carberry)
This three-storey brick and stone architecturally impressive building on Main Street in Carberry was designed by Winnipeg architect George Browne and built in 1901 as a branch of the Union Bank of Canada at a cost of about $30,000.
In 1925, when the Union Bank merged with the Royal Bank of Canada, it was a branch of the merged company until 1934 when it became a branch of the Bank of Montreal. The ground floor of the building held the banking hall which had rich oak panelling and staircases, and half a dozen fireplaces. The second floor had a small dance floor and reception area, while the third floor was used as a residence for the branch manager. It is a municipally-designated heritage building (2007).
At the time of a 2023 site visit, the building was in the process of being deconstructed.
“Tenders for bank building,” Manitoba Free Press, 23 May 1901, page 2.
Carberry Plains, Century One: 1882-1982 by Carberry History Committee, 1982.
Old Bank of Montreal, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.
“Fine building that shouldn't have been,” Winnipeg Free Press, 2 August 2013.
Carberry's Heritage Sites, Heritage Manitoba.
We thank Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 10 May 2023