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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Imperial Dry Goods Block / Trend Interiors (91 Albert Street, Winnipeg)

Built on Albert Street in 1900, as a retail store for Robert Jones Whitla, this building was donated during the Depression by Max Steinkopf to the Young Men’s Hebrew Association (YMHA) for use as its headquarters. The clear span of the third floor was used as both a gymnasium and a theatre. A plaque is mounted on the west side of the building, which is a municipally-designated historic site.

The former Imperial Dry Goods Block, on right

The former Imperial Dry Goods Block, on right (October 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

The former Imperial Dry Goods Block

The former Imperial Dry Goods Block (December 2018)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Imperial Dry Goods Block commemorative plaque

Imperial Dry Goods Block commemorative plaque (2009)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89749, W97.14014
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Robert Jones Whitla (1846-1905)

Memorable Manitobans: Max Steinkopf (1881-1935)

Manitoba Business: Imperial Dry Goods Company

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Trend Interiors (91 Albert Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, March 1980.

Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

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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