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Historic Sites of Manitoba: McLaren Hotel (554 Main Street, Winnipeg)

In 1910, brothers Archibald and Alexander McLaren completed a grand new, 165-room hotel at the corner of Main Street and Rupert Avenue in Winnipeg, built by the construction firm of Smith & Sharp. Its rotunda featured a ceramic mosaic tile floor. On the ground floor was a writing room, bar, dining room, and kitchen. As was common at the time, bedrooms on the upper floors generally lacked washroom facilities.

The building became a municipally-designated heritage site (2020).

Postcard view of the McLaren Hotel

Postcard view of the McLaren Hotel (1930s)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0168

McLaren Hotel

McLaren Hotel (June 2014)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

McLaren Hotel

McLaren Hotel (February 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90069, W97.13775
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Archibald McLaren (1856-1918)

Memorable Manitobans: Alexander Stewart “Ike” McLaren (1866-1921)

Reginald Buller: The Poet-Scientist of Mushroom City by Gordon Goldsborough
Manitoba History, Number 47, Spring/Summer 2004


This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 February 2023

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