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Bawlf Block (House of Comoy)

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This is the second home of the Winnipeg Grain and Produce Exchange. The building was built by one of its founders, Nicholas Bawlf, an Irish immigrant who settled in Ontario before coming west in 1877. The Victorian Commercial structure was the center of the grain industry upon its opening. The trading room was located on the third floor of the building. Offices were on the second floor and the main floor contained showrooms, spanned by metal trusses, for agricultural implements. A central well illuminated the interior of the building. The Board of Trade, which later became the Chamber of Commerce also occupied the building, and the Hudson’s Bay Company fur exchange did business here from 1930 to 1950.

The block was designed by Barber and Barber, Winnipeg’s foremost boom-time architects who also built the old City Hall, the Leland Hotel, the McIntyre Block and Manitoba College.



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Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1882 Municipal, 1979, grade III Neoclassical motifs, detailed polychromatic brick work, wood post and beam construction. 3 storeys/12,076 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Offices, Grain Exchange Red River College 150 Princess Street Barber & Barber





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