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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Toronto Type Foundry Building (175 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg)

Built during the Winnipeg building boom of 1881-1882, this three-storey warehouse was designed and built by David Ede, then a partner with Samuel Hooper in a marble works. He sold the building to the wholesale grocery business of George Wishart and Company, which used it until 1885. The building was then occupied by a succession of businesses: Vipond, McBride and Company; Rublee, Riddell and Company; and Love, McAlister and Company. In 1898, it became home for the Winnipeg office of the Toronto Type Foundry, which sold printing presses and other equipment needed by printers. It also operated a job printing service for small, rural newspapers. In 1910, local architect Victor Horwood altered the building’s facade. The foundry remained at the site until 1968. Another long-time occupant was the Winnipeg Newspaper Union and Canadian Ingersoll Rand. The building is a municipally-designated historic site.

Toronto Type Foundry Building

Toronto Type Foundry Building (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Toronto Type Foundry Building

Toronto Type Foundry Building (January 2021)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89718, W97.13753
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Toronto Type Foundry Building (175 McDermot Avenue), Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, 1986.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 2 June 2022

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