Historic Sites of Manitoba: Glesby Stable / Western Horse Exchange Building / Western Buckwheat Milling Building (536 King Street, Winnipeg)

Formerly located on King Street in Winnipeg, a two-storey brick building, measuring 34 feet by 97 feet, was designed by local architect Max Zev Blankstein and built in 1911 by day labour at a cost of about $8,000. Initially, it was used as a stable for up to 33 horses by coal and wood wholesaler Harry Glesby (1873-?).

By early 1913, the building was owned by the Western Horse Exchange which bought and sold horses into the early 1920s. The building was later used as a milling facility by the Western Buckwheat Milling Company under proprietor Harry William Binsky (?-1953).

The building was demolished sometime after 1956 and the site is now part of the David Livingstone School grounds.

Glesby Stable / Western Horse Exchange Building / Western Buckwheat Milling Building

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91137, W97.13520
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1874-1931)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2922/1911, City of Winnipeg Archives.

1911 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Coal dealer fined,” Winnipeg Tribune, 2 December 1911, page 2.

“Two carloads of horses,” Manitoba Free Press, 28 January 1913, page 21.

“For sale, horses,” Manitoba Free Press, 6 March 1918, page 13.

“One carload of good quality horses,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 July 1919, page 15.

“Horses, cattle, & vehicles,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 September 1919, page 16.

“The Western Horse Exchange, 536 King St.,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 March 1920, page 2.

“Health Committee hears bubonic plague warning,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 February 1952, page 19.

“H. W. Binsky dies; ran milling firm,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1953, page 34.

Winnipeg fire insurance map, #273 May 1956, City of Winnipeg Archives.

Max Blankstein: Architect by Murray Peterson, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, 2022.

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk.

Page revised: 19 May 2024

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