This two-storey brick building on Portage Avenue in Winnipeg was constructed in 1928 for hotelier Frank Fowlie on a design by architect James W. Hawker. At had 24 bedrooms on the second floor and a beer parlour and restaurant on the main floor. In May 2017, it was damaged by a fire that started on its second floor, and remained closed at the time of a September 2018 site visit.
St. James Hotel (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Album 14, P7451
St. James Hotel (May 2018)
Source: George Penner
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87939, W97.20746
denoted by symbol on the map above
Memorable Manitobans: Francis Stanley “Frank” Fowlie (1890-1958)
Memorable Manitobans: James William Hawker (1870-?)
Memorable Manitobans: Gordon James Fowlie (1918-2004)
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba
“St. James will have new hotel this summer,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 March 1928, page 9.
St. James Hotel, 1719 Portage Avenue by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, December 2009.
We thank Robert Hill and George Penner for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 16 July 2020
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