Historic Sites of Manitoba: Prairie Cities Oil Building / North Star Oil Building (1380 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg)

This two-storey brick building at the southeast corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Valour Road in Winnipeg, measuring 34 feet by 65 feet, was designed by the architectural firm of Northwood and Chivers and built in 1929 at a cost of about $25,000 by the construction firm of Carter-Halls-Aldinger for the Prairie Cities Oil Company.

It was used by the firm as its main offices for a network of automotive service stations around the city. The company was taken over by the North Star Oil Company in early 1938 and the building became the main offices of the new company.

At some point, a small one-storey addition was added to the front of the building.

The former Prairie Cities Oil Building

The former Prairie Cities Oil Building (September 2022)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90967, W97.18621
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Northwood and Chivers / Northwood Chivers and Casey

Manitoba Business: Carter-Halls-Aldinger / Commonwealth Construction Company

Manitoba Business: Prairie Cities Oil Company

Manitoba Business: North Star Oil Company / Shell Oil Canada


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 3815/1929, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Permits issued to date $8,757,050, $1,300,000 higher,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 August 1929, page 34.

“Contract awarded for new apartment block,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 August 1929, page 7.

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

“Prairie Cities Oil to surrender charter,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 February 1938, page 14.

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 December 2023

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