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Grain Exchange Building III

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To capitalize on the potential trade of prairie wheat to market, several local businessmen organized the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Exchange in 1887. Executives such as Daniel McMillan, Nicholas Bawlf, George Galt and Rodmond Roblin initially oversaw the operation of an open cash market for wheat.

The Canadian Pacific Railway was in place to move wheat to market, and production was growing as more homesteaders adapted to the rich prairie soil. The Exchange soon developed into one of the world's principal grain markets, the only organization of its type in Canada and second only to Chicago in importance. Its scope expanded in 1904 into futures trading in wheat, oats and flaxseed, then in the 1910s to futures markets for barley and rye.


2nd Floor




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1906-1908 Municipal, 1992, grade II Mixture of Sullivanesque and Italian palazzo styling. Large decorative entrance, projecting cornice, steel frame. 11 stories/366,253 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Grain Exchange Office space 165-167 Lombard Avenue Darling and Pearson


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