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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Victoria Court (471 William Avenue, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick and stone building on William Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by local architect Paul Melsted Clemens and built in 1910 by day labour for owner Joseph Johnson at a cost of $40,000. Construction consumed 40 cords of stone for the basement walls, 200,000 red and amber bricks for its 13-inch-thick exterior walls, 5,000 square yards of plaster for its interior lathe-and-plaster walls and ceilings, and 80 cubic yards of concrete for its footings and basement floor. The interior floors were constructed of wood and nine-inch-thick interior walls were made of bricks. The building contained 21 apartments heated by steam generated by a basement boiler, full electric service, sewer connections, and running water. When it opened in late 1910, a few of its apartments had telephone service.

Occupied until at least 2014, the building was vacant at the time of a late 2019 site visit. It has sustained fire damage on its third floor and is boarded up although indigents have broken into it periodically.

Former residents of Victoria Court included Edgar Prain (1911).

Victoria Court

Victoria Court (September 2019)
Source: George Penner

Victoria Court

Victoria Court (December 2019)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.90209, W97.14845
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Paul Melsted Clemens (1870-1966)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Abandoned Manitoba


Boarded-up apartment block has become a drug den residents want cleaned up,” CBC News, 24 July 2019.

Traces of hope under the ‘hood,” Winnipeg Free Press, 6 December 2019.

Building Permit No. 1530, 7 June 1910, Box A741, City of Winnipeg Archives.

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

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 April 2021

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