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Ryan Block

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This office-warehouse was built in 1895 for Thomas Ryan, a journeyman shoemaker from Perth, Ontario. Typical of many arrivals, Ryan had arrived in Winnipeg in 1874 with $70 in stock and a desire to improve his lot.  He soon partnered to form McFarlane and Ryan, one of the city's first shoe merchants. Ryan purchased the business two years later, and established Thomas Ryan Boots and Shoes.

The business prospered, and in 1883 Ryan moved to a new store at 492 Main Street, the city’s first structure featuring all stone construction and an electric passenger elevator.





Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage

Municipal, 1991, grade II

Rusticated base, rounded arches, wood post and beam frame. 4 storeys/12,530 above grade

Original Use Present Use Address Architect

Office building and warehouse for wholesale and garment trade

Vacant 104 King Street H.S. Griffith





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