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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Leckie Building (216-220 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick building on McDermot Avenue in Winnipeg was designed by local architect Henry Sandham Griffith and built by masonry firm Kelly Brothers and carpenters Mitchell and McCombe at a cost of about $12,000. It was named for the sibling duo of dentist David Garnet Leckie (1880-1945) and interior decorating contractor Robert Andrew “Bert” Leckie (1884-1948). They took occupancy by late November 1900.

Early tenants included the Young Liberal Club, tea merchant J. E. Huxley, Canadian Order of Foresters, tailor J. S. Stephenson, and Copeland Chatterson & Company. The structure suffered $2,500 in structural damages and $4,000 in tenant losses during a 21 September 1924 blaze, extinguished by crews from the Central Fire Hall and South Fire Hall.

In July 2017, it became a municipally-designated historic building.

Leckie Building

Leckie Building (August 2019)
Source: George Penner

Leckie Building

Leckie Building (November 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89696, W97.13992
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Henry Sandham Griffith (1865-1943)

Manitoba Business: Kelly Brothers / Manitoba Construction Company / Kelly Brothers and Mitchell / Thomas Kelly and Sons

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


“Fine wall papers,” Manitoba Free Press, 10 November 1899, page 8.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 162/1900, City of Winnipeg Archives.

“Removal sale of wall paper,” Winnipeg Tribune, 3 October 1900, page 8.

“Removed..,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 November 1900, page 8.

“The young Liberals: will take up new quarters in the Leckie Block,” Winnipeg Tribune, 12 December 1900, page 5.

1901 Canada census, Automated Genealogy.

“Hall dedicated,” Manitoba Free Press, 18 October 1909, page 7.

“Leckie Building gutted,” Manitoba Free Press, 22 September 1924, page 4.

“Fire in Leckie Block causes $7,000 damage,” Winnipeg Tribune, 22 September 1924, page 5.

“Dr. Garnet Leckie, dentist, is dead,” Winnipeg Free Press, 28 May 1945, page 5.

Death notice [David Garnet Leckie], Winnipeg Free Press, 29 May 1945, page 14.

“Cpl. G. Kenneth Leckie married in California,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 August 1945, page 5.

“Robert Leckie, 63, dies at residence,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 April 1948, page 22.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer, Gordon Goldsborough, and George Penner.

Page revised: 30 June 2022

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