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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Florence Block / Northern Hotel (826 Main Street, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick building on Main Street in Winnipeg was originally constructed as a two-storey structure known as the Florence Block. In 1907, it was extensively renovated on a design by local architect Daniel Smith. A third floor and a separate kitchen were added. Heat was provided by two steam boilers in the basement; one heated the first and third floors while the other was used for the second floor and kitchen. Operated as the Northern Hotel by W. A. Lawson and Bert Eastwood, it had 61 bedrooms, parlor, office, rotunda, and bar-room.

Northern Hotel

Northern Hotel (January 2018)
Source: George Penner

Northern Hotel

Northern Hotel (no date)
Source: Kerrin Asmundson

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90831, W97.13388
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Daniel Smith (1840-1913)


“Permits for building,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 June 1907, page 5.

“Apartment buildings and hotels,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 November 1907, page 28.

Northern Hotel, 826 Main Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2009.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, George Penner, and Kerrin Asmundson.

Page revised: 15 March 2020

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