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Imperial Dry Goods Block

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Originally constructed as a retail outlet for R.J. Whitla and Company, dry goods wholesalers, this three-storey structure originally extended from a front door entrance on Main Street to Albert Street.

Whitla’s was a large and prominent Winnipeg firm that supplied clothing, fabrics and furs to the prairies at the turn of the century.  The warehouse district had rapidly grown with many different business interests, and Whitla himself had built three large warehouses when he opened the Imperial Dry Goods Block in 1899.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage

Municipal 1980, grade III

Edwardian brick façades. 3 storeys/14,720 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect

Wholesale outlet and garment trade.

Offices 91 Albert Street

J.H. Cadham





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