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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Elmo Apartments (177 Colony Street, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick and stone building on Colony Street in Winnipeg was designed by local architect George Gaspar Teeter and built in 1910 by Claydon Brothers for manufacturer Leonard Van Praagh. The building contained 22 residential apartments, each served with steam heat, electricity, sewer, and running water. The project used 35 cords of stone, 400,000 dark red bricks, 9,000 cubic yards of plaster, and 138 cubic yards of concrete. It was built at a cost of about $88,500.

St. Elmo Apartments

St. Elmo Apartments (February 2018)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88603, W97.15100
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: George Gaspar Teeter (1874-1949)

Manitoba Business: Claydon Brothers Construction Company / Claydon Construction Limited


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1195/1910, City of Winnipeg Archives.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2668/1930, City of Winnipeg Archives.

Apartment House Architecture in Winnipeg to 1915 by David Spector, December 1980.

St. Elmo Apartments, 177 Colony Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2008.

Preparation of this page was supported, in part, by the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund of the City of Winnipeg.

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

Page revised: 20 May 2022

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