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City Hydro Showroom

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The Winnipeg Electric Company had been supplying power to Winnipeg since 1882, however many considered the rates to be over-priced. With the hopes that cheap power would attract new manufacturing plants to Winnipeg, a publicly owned electrical utility was surveyed and constructed at Point du Bois in 1909.

The Rover Street Terminal Station distributed power to substations around the City. In 1910, land for a power substation was acquired by the City of Winnipeg on the west side of King Street, north of Notre Dame Avenue. The King Street substation was completed in 1912.





Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1919 Inventory


2 storeys

Original Use Present Use Address Architect

Hydro substation

Police Garage/Offices 55 Princess Street






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