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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Somerset Block (294 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

This nine-storey brick office building on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by local architect Frank Robert Evans and built in 1906. One of the prominent occupants in the building was the bookstore of Russell, Lang and Company that closed in 1937.

Somerset Block under construction

Somerset Block under construction (1906)
Source: Manitoba Free Press, 6 December 1906, page 38

Somerset Block

Somerset Block (July 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89362, W97.14299
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Frank Robert Evans (1865-1949)


We thank Darryl Resch for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and George Penner.

Page revised: 23 September 2022

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