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Albert Street Business Block

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On the west side of Albert Street near Notre Dame Avenue, sits an unassuming mixed-use structure that began as a residence in 1877. Built by local contractor J.J. Johnston for $2,000.00, the building was established as a rental property by John O. LeCappellain who operated a wholesale/retail hardware business on Main Street in 1877-78.

To take advantage of a speculative property boom in March 1882, LeCappellain moved the house several feet to the south to make way for the construction of a long, narrow, two-storey business block. The Manitoba and North West Loan Co. assumed title to the site in 1885 when LeCappellain ran into financial difficulties.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1877 Inventory Example of early brick veneer construction, unadorned. 1 & 2 storeys/3,100 total floor area

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Residence and retail. Retail 38-44 Albert Street House by J.J. Johnson, store by William Irish.


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