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Bawlf Grain Exchange Building II

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The Winnipeg Grain and Produce Exchange was created on November 24, 1887 in the office of the Board of Trade in City Hall by twelve leading grain merchants. The rapid growth of the grain trade necessitated the construction of the second Grain Exchange on Princess Street.

The Grain Exchange Building II was planned and financed by Nicholas Bawlf, one of the founders of the original Exchange. Bawlf was an agricultural feed merchant who expanded into the overall grain business. He was also the builder of the first Exchange building, which was also on Princess Street, and the Benson and Bawlf blocks. Bawlf’s impact on the commercial development of the city was impressive.



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Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1898 Municipal, 1979, grade II

Red brick with terra-cotta moldings, central pediment, floral motifs, iron balcony, pressed copper panels, wood post and beam construction.

4 storeys/29,795 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Grain and produce exchange. Red River College 156-160 Princess Street Samuel Hooper


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