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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Vendome Hotel (308 Fort Street, Winnipeg)

The Vendome Hotel was built for hotelkeeper David Murray (1841-1920) at a cost of $14,000. When it opened in late 1898, newspaper advertisements described it as meeting “the requirements of a high class trade” with rooms available for $1.00 to $1.50 per day. Initially three storeys, a fourth floor designed by architect Henry S. Griffith was added in 1902. Over time, Murray’s interest turned to real estate across western Canada and he increasingly left operation of the hotel to his two sons, William Murray (1873-?) and Ira Stewart Murray (1877-1945).

Vendome Hotel

Vendome Hotel (September 2015)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Vendome Hotel

Vendome Hotel (January 2021)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89477, W97.13951
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

MHS Centennial Business: Vendome Hotel

Memorable Manitobans: William Horner (1860-1916)


“Buildings of 1898,” Manitoba Free Press, 1 October 1898, page 8.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Vendome Hotel owner, Stewart Murray, dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 22 June 1945, page 4.

Obituaries and burial transcriptions, Manitoba Genealogical Society.

We thank Jordan Makichuk for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 June 2022

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