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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Rookery Block / St. Regis Hotel (285 Smith Street, Winnipeg)

Designed by William Wallace Blair and built between 1909 and 1910 by Geoffrey Hitzler Walton for hoteliers Charles M. McCarrey and John Lee, the St. Regis Hotel on Smith Street in Winnipeg was originally a two-storey structure called the Rookery Block. Within a year, the owners hired local architect Hugh Gordon Holman to expand it to four floors.

Closed in 2017, the fine millwork from the Oak Dining Room was carefully removed and reassembled in a heritage building at 108 Alexander Avenue, for which it received a Preservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg in 2019.

The building was demolished in November 2020.

St. Regis Hotel

St. Regis Hotel (April 2017)
Source: George Penner

St. Regis Hotel

St. Regis Hotel (July 2019)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Demolition of the St. Regis Hotel

Demolition of the St. Regis Hotel (December 2020)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89353, W97.14162
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: William Wallace Blair (1852-1916)

Memorable Manitobans: Geoffrey Hitzler Walton (1878-1951)

Memorable Manitobans: Hugh Gordon Holman (1881-1955)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1807/1909, City of Winnipeg Archives.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2450/1909, City of Winnipeg Archives.

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

Page revised: 5 December 2021

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