Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rothesay Apartments (828 Preston Avenue, Winnipeg)

The Rothesay was designed by Winnipeg architect Herbert Edward Matthews, and built in 1912 by local contractors (and building owners) Peter Smith and George H. Kirkpatrick at a cost of $100,000. The 109 foot by 111 foot building contained 36 apartments in its original configuration. It has 37 apartments today.

Kirkpatrick lived in the block until the mid-1940s. It was sold in 1946 to Benjamin Cohen, retired owner of the Manitoba Upholstering Company. It remained in his estate until the late 1970s. The building is a municipally-designated historic site.

Rothesay Apartments

Rothesay Apartments (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Rothesay Apartments

Rothesay Apartments (November 2018)
Source: George Penner

Entrance to Rothesay Apartments

Entrance to Rothesay Apartments (December 2020)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88399, W97.16796
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Edward Matthews (1868-1941)

Memorable Manitobans: Benjamin “Ben” Cohen (c1890-1968)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1099/1912, City of Winnipeg Archives.

Apartment House Architecture in Winnipeg to 1915 by David Spector, December 1980.

Rothesay Apartments (828 Preston Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, February 1991.

Find a Postal Code, Canada Post.

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

We thank George Penner and Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 2 October 2023

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