Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wasserman Block (581-583 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg)

This two-storey brick building on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg, measuring 30 feet by 42 feet, was designed by local architect Max Zev Blankstein and built in 1911 by contractors Abraham Cohen and Abraham Meyerowitz for owner Phil Wasserman at a cost of about $4,000. It contains two retail spaces on the main floor with two residential apartments on the upper level.

Wasserman Block

Wasserman Block (May 2022)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91682, W97.14825
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1874-1931)

Memorable Manitobans: Abraham Cohen (1876-1944)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 660/1911, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Building permits,” Manitoba Free Press, 21 April 1911, page 15.

“Building Permits,” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 April 1911, page 8.

Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Henderson Directories Limited, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.

Selkirk Avenue by Kerrin Asmundson, Winnipeg Brick by Brick, 31 March 2011.

Max Blankstein: Architect by Murray Peterson, Winnipeg Architecture Foundation, 2022.

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 14 September 2023

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