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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Douglas Building (52 Adelaide Street, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick and stone building on Adelaide Street in Winnipeg was built in 1910 by the Winnipeg Construction Company for manufacturing furrier John Samuel Douglas. Two years later, the building was taken over by the fur wholesaler and retailer Albert J. Brenton and Company. Occupants of parts of the building included wholesale druggists Bate and Bate (circa 1919), automobile suppliers Moncrieff and Endress (1920s-1930s), contractor Walter Edwin Rooke, clothier Moser Manufacturing (1940s), several printing firms, wholesale linen distributor Winestock's Wholesale, Opus Computer Systems (1990s), and Aviva Natural Health and Fitness (2000s). A penthouse addition was made in 2014.

It became a municipally-designated heritage building in 2020.

Douglas Building

Douglas Building (1910)
Source: Manitoba Free Press, 8 October 1910, page 10

Douglas Building

Douglas Building (September 2019)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89746, W97.14447
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Winnipeg Construction Company

Memorable Manitobans: John Samuel Douglas (1857-1933)

Sources:

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 648/1910, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“New Warehouse of Douglas & Co.,” Manitoba Free Press, 8 October 1910, page 10.

Douglas & Company Building, 52 Adelaide Street by Murray Peterson, Winnipeg Historical Buildings & Resources Committee, May 2019.

This page was prepared by George Penner, Jordan Makichuk, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 3 January 2023

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