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Anne (Blue Ribbon) Building and Arthur Building

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Since 1882, the Galts Company had operated on Princess Street as a wholesale grocery firm. The trend for many wholesalers in Winnipeg who enjoyed success at the turn of the century resulted in numerous expansions of existing wholesale companies. James H. Cadham, received the commission to design the new warehouse. Built in 1901, this building housed the Blue Ribbon Manufacturing Company, a division of the G.F. and J. Galt Company. Its subsidiary packaged and marketed teas, coffees, spices and baking products.

When the building opened, the property extended to Arthur Street with both building façades being identical. In 1911, when the Blue Ribbon Company moved to larger premises, the building was divided by a brick party wall. Both portions became separate properties. The portion facing King Street was taken over by a wholesale shoe and boot operation, but was vacant through most of the Depression. In time, small wholesale businesses leased individual floors.




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1901 Municipal, 1983, grade III Rusticated lower level, stone arch entrance, segmented arches, wood post and beam construction. 4 storeys/27,250 combined floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Warehouse for wholesale trade Offices 87 King Street and 88 Arthur Street J.H. Cadham





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