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Peck Building

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This warehouse was built in 1893, for clothing manufacterer and importer, John W. Peck. Designed by C.H. Wheeler, it is located on the corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Princess Street on the western boundary of the warehouse district.

Peck had been an established clothing manufacturer in Montreal. He recognized the market potential of the Canadian west, and in 1880, entered into a partnership with two Winnipeg businessmen, A.B. Bethune and J.D. Carescaden. The Carescaden and Peck Company produced men’s and boys’ clothing, shirts, sheep-lined coats and caps shipped from Montreal.  The firm also marketed a fur overcoat to replace the buffalo coat, which had already become unobtainable in the 1890s.  The  “African Buffalo Coat,” was reasonably priced and highly serviceable.  It was popular with farmers and other outdoor labourers.





Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1893/1907 Municipal, 1984, grade II

Limestone buttresses, decorative arches, neoclassical motifs on 1907 addition, wood post and beam construction.

6 storeys/58,633 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect

Garment factory and wholesale warehouse.

Retail 33-41 Princess Street

C.H. Wheeler, 1893, J.D. Atchison, 1907.





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