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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wardlaw Apartments (544 Wardlaw Avenue, Winnipeg)

Designed by local architect John D. Atchison, and built in 1906 by Davidson Brothers, the Wardlaw (originally known as the Wardlow when the street name was spelled differently) was an early example of the apartment blocks that became common in Winnipeg during the early 20th century. The original owner and long-time resident of the block was William Hespeler. Some early residents included railway superintendent Albert Wilcox, bank inspector Trevor Gwyn, insurance manager Arthur E. Lawson, grain broker Arthur E. Choate, and the widow of dry goods merchant R. J. Whitla. Hespeler sold the block in 1911, though he continued to live here until his death in 1921. It was converted to condominium ownership in 1981. It became a municipally-designated historic building in 1999.

Wardlaw Apartments

Wardlaw Apartments (2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.87559, W97.14767
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Memorable Manitobans: John Danley Atchison (1870-1959)


Wardlaw (Wardlow) Apartments, (544 Wardlaw Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, May 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 January 2020

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