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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Telegram Building (70 Albert Street, Winnipeg)

Built on Albert Street in 1882, as a dry goods warehouse for merchant Robert Jones Whitla, the offices of the Winnipeg Telegram newspaper were located here from 1899 to 1920. The building is late-Victorian in style with rich brick ornamentation and internal cast iron columns. A plaque is mounted on the east side of the building, near one commemorating Newspaper Row. The building is a municipally-designated historic site.

Telegram Building

Telegram Building (circa 1903)
Source: An Illustrated Souvenir of Winnipeg by W. A. Martel & Sons.

Telegram Building

Telegram Building (December 2013)
Source: George Penner

Telegram Building

Telegram Building (February 2021)
Source: George Penner

Telegram Building commemorative plaque

Telegram Building commemorative plaque (2009)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89678, W97.14042
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Manitoba Business: Winnipeg Telegram

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Telegram Printing Building (54 Adelaide Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Newspaper Row (70 Albert Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites


Telegram Building (70 Albert Street), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, March 1980.

Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 11 March 2023

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