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Swiss Building
(Bright and Johnston Building)

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The arrival of the Canadian Pacific Railway brought Winnipeg a short-lived economic and speculative boom in 1881-82. There was rapid growth in construction, industry and commerce, including the wholesale trade.

Mancel Willmot and George W. Stewart partnered to design the Bright and Johnston Building, on the north side of Bannatyne between Rorie Street and the Red River in the eastern half of the warehouse district. It was the first of two buildings erected in 1882-83 for Turner, McKeand and Company, a grocery wholesaler.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage

Municipal, 1986, grade III

Solid brick with little ornamentation, wood post and beam construction. 4 storeys/13,530 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect

Wholesale warehouse

Wholesale warehouse 137 Bannatyne Avenue Willmot and Stewart, 1882; J.H.G. Russell, 1903, 1907.





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