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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carlton Building (354 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

The three-storey Carlton Building (named for the adjacent Carlton Street) was constructed in 1912 by the Sutherland Construction Company, on a design by Winnipeg architect J. D. Atchison, for the sum of $110,000. It was built for the local financial investment firm of Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner, who owned it until 1954. The building originally contained four stores on its street-level floor and 26 professional and business offices on other floors. Occupants included tailors Story and Story, Dr. Jaeger’s Sanitary Woolen System Company, The Clothes Shop, the Canada Department of Agriculture, and D’Allaird’s Limited. The signature tenant over a period over some 70 years, however, was Holt Renfrew and Company which occupied most of the main floor and renovated it substantially in the early 1940s. Further renovations were made in 1988-1989 to integrate the building into the downtown skywalk system. Around this time, Holt Renfrew relocated to the Portage Place shopping mall. The building is a municipally-designated historic site.

Carlton Building

Carlton Building (April 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89265, W97.14560
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: John Danley Atchison (1870-1959)

Memorable Manitobans: John Henry Oldfield (1857-1924)

Memorable Manitobans: Walter Thomas Kirby (1858-1936)

Memorable Manitobans: William Hicks Gardner (1875-1951)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Oldfield, Kirby and Gardner Building (234 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Manitoba Business: Dominion Business College / Cooper Education Institute


354 Portage Avenue, Carlton Building, Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, July 2002.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and George Penner.

Page revised: 13 January 2020

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