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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Confederation Life Warehouse (104-108 Princess Street, Winnipeg)

This five-storey brick building on Princess Street in Winnipeg was built in 1885 as a speculative venture by the Confederation Life Association. The initial structure was three storeys, constructed by contractors William Brydon and B. R. Robertson, and was occupied by two wholesale firms: Hodgson, Sumner & Company and Sutherland & Campbell. A two-storey addition was made in 1904 and, the next year, it became home to the Consolidated Stationery Company. During the mid-1930s, a government-operated relief organization was based here, then it was vacant for the first half of the 1940s. A fire in March 1945 killed two firemen and considerable damage was sustained to the north section. It was rebuilt in 1950. The building is a municipally-designated historic site.

Confederation Life Warehouse

Confederation Life Warehouse (October 2016)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Confederation Life Warehouse

Confederation Life Warehouse (May 2017)
Source: George Penner

Interior of the Confederation Life Warehouse

Interior of the Confederation Life Warehouse (no date)
Source: Avison Young Real Estate

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89867, W97.14193
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


104-108 Princess Street, Warehouse, Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, February 1983.

We thank Avison Young Real Estate for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough, Nathan Kramer, and George Penner.

Page revised: 14 January 2020

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