Historic Sites of Manitoba: Weselake Block (503-505 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg)

This brick building on Selkirk Avenue in Winnipeg, measuring 33 feet by 60 feet, was designed by local architect Max Zev Blankstein and built in 1917 as a one-storey structure for owner Jacob Weselake (father of Lawrence Jacob Weselake) at a cost of about $2,400.

In 1926, a one-storey addition also designed by Blankstein was made along with other alterations, at a cost of about $6,000. In its final configuration, the two-storey building contained two commercial spaces on its main floor while the second floor contained five residential apartments.

Weselake Block

Weselake Block (May 2022)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91586, W97.14523
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1874-1931)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Weselake Building (417 Selkirk Avenue, Winnipeg)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 431/1917, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Billiard parlours,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 February 1920, page 17.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 599/1926, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Residential permits show big increase,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 April 1926, page 9.

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

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

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 17 June 2023

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