Historic Sites of Manitoba: Sandison Block (302-304 Main Street, Winnipeg)

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Located on the west side of Main Street in Winnipeg, this three-storey brick block measured 30 feet by 116 feet, was designed by J. McDiarmid and built in 1904 for owner Henry “Harry” Sandison by contractors James W. Smith and Charles Wallace Sharp at a cost of about $30,000. It was originally built to house commercial and office space yet within a year of its construction was already seeing partial use as an apartment block. The number of suites varied over the years between approximately 12 and 36. The building was demolished around the 1970s.

Sandison Block

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89373, W97.13787
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: James W. Smith (1843-1917)

Memorable Manitobans: Charles Wallace Sharp (1852-1924)

Memorable Manitobans: Henry “Harry” Sandison (1861-1942)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 539/1904, City of Winnipeg Archives.

Charles E. Goad Company fonds, Fire Insurance Plans of the City of Winnipeg - Volume 1 - Sheet 4 - revised August 1906, Library and Archives Canada.

Charles E. Goad Company fonds, Fire Insurance Plans of the City of Winnipeg - Volume 1 - Sheet 4 - revised May 1914, Library and Archives Canada.

“Building progress,” Winnipeg Tribune, 13 August 1904, page 2.

“Harry Sandison sells out,” Manitoba Free Press, 5 September 1904, page 10.

“Announcement [Having purchased the business conducted for the past 23 years by Mr. Harry Sandison ...],” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 September 1904, page 12.

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

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

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 5 November 2023

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