The four-storey Criterion Hotel building was erected in 1903 on the south side of McDermot Street on a design by local architect Henry Sandham Griffith. The main floor had a large bar and billiard room, the second a dining room and parlour. The upper two floors had private rooms with communal washroom facilities. The impressive terra cotta detailing on the exterior of the first floor was designed by architect Henry William Greene and added in 1915. The building was purchased in 1976 by local businessman Al Golden, who planned to renovate it as office and retail space. It is a municipally-designated historic site.
Criterion Hotel (April 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Criterion Hotel (November 2020)
Source: George Penner
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89698, W97.13976
denoted by symbol on the map above
Memorable Manitobans: Henry Sandham Griffith (1865-1943)
Memorable Manitobans: Henry William Greene (1884-1944)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites
Criterion Hotel (214 McDermot Avenue), Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, November 1980.
Biographical Dictionary of Architects in Canada, 1800-1950 by Robert G. Hill, Toronto.
We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 October 2021
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