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Donald H. Bain Building
(The Brokerage)

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The 3 storey structure at 115 Bannatyne was built for E. Nicholson in 1899. Nicholson had gone into partnership with his young accountant, Donald H. Bain in 1905. Together they operated a wholesale grocery business and the company enjoyed considerable success. Junior partner, Bain eventually bought out his partner in 1917, changing the business to the Donald H. Bain Company. In 1920 the business took over the five storey building to the west at 119 Bannatyne.

Originally two buildings with a common wall, 119 Bannatyne had been built for local stove and tinware dealers, George Merrick and T.A. Anderson. The location was ideal, during the days of steam, boats docked at a wharf on the Red River below the building, and dray horses hauled supplies from the boat to the warehouse. A spur line from the CNR gave the company rapid access to transportation, a critical asset to the grocery business.






Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1899 Municipal, 1980, grade II Solid brick with stone sills and lintels, straw basket brick detailing around windows, wood post and beam construction 3 & 5 storeys/58,354 total floor area

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Warehouse for wholesale trade Office and Commercial Space 115 Bannatyne Avenue J.J. McDiarmid





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