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McClary Building

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Like many wholesalers in the district, Ontario-based McClary Manufacturing Company relocated its Winnipeg branch closer to the railway spur lines in the eastern half of the warehouse district. McClary, a family business started in London, Ontario in the early 1850s, had developed into one of the largest wood stove and coal furnace manufacturers in the British Empire. Its Winnipeg branch was established by 1882. The company had found a ready market for their products in the waves of homesteaders pouring into Western Canada.

The company commissioned architect S. Frank Peters and contractor J.A. Girvin and Company to build a new, larger warehouse on the north side of Bannatyne between Main and Rorie streets.





Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1899 Grade III, October 1987 Brick with rustication on first floor, windows housed in three bays, wood post and beam construction. 4 storeys/6,100 total floor area

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Warehouse Warehouse 185 Bannatyne Avenue S. Frank Peters, 1899, 1910, 1912; J.H.G. Russell, 1903; 1904; Hooper and Hooper, 1909





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