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Sanford Building

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The influx of immigrants into the western provinces created a huge opportunity for wholesale suppliers in the last decades of the 19th century and the years preceding the First World War.

Winnipeg was a supplier to all the small towns that were sprouting up across the west. The Sanford Manufacturing Company of Hamilton, Ontario constructed a three storey building at this location in 1890. It housed the western offices of one of Canada’s leading clothing manufacturers. These were sales and distribution offices only as the company’s travelling salesmen sold to retail outlets throughout the western provinces using these offices as a home base.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage

Municipal, 1979, grade II

Large plate glass windows, steel trusses allow open floor. 1 storey/18,970 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect


Vacant 291 Bannatyne Avenue

Charles H. Wheeler





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