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Imperial Bank of Canada

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From 1881 through to 1961, the Imperial Bank of Canada has stood on the same site on which this financial institution established its first Winnipeg office.

Incorporated in Toronto in 1875, the Imperial was one of several eastern-based financial institutions attracted to the city during a speculative boom in the early 1880s.  It opened in rented premises in the three-storey Robertson Block at Main and Bannatyne.  The branch was temporarily displaced by a fire in early 1882, but returned to the site after the block was rebuilt.  Within a decade, the bank had doubled its space by expanding into an adjacent store. It purchased the property in 1898.





Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1906 Municipal, 1997, grade II

Sandstone façade, pediment, false balconies, elaborate window treatment, steel and reinforced concrete construction.

3 storeys/19,603 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Bank Reception facility/Nightclub 441 Main Street Darling and Pearson (Toronto and Winnipeg)





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