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Utility (Exchange) Building

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In 1892, a time when the wheat boom in the Northwest was making fortunes for many western businessmen, Winnipeg’s first Grain and Produce Exchange was formed. One of the founders, Nicholas Bawlf, erected this building intending to house the Board of Trade.

Originally designed to be only three storeys, the early Grain Exchange had a ground floor with two 32-foot clear spans, and steel trusses supporting the ceiling.  Two agricultural implement dealers shared this open space.  The second and third storeys contained offices that opened into a center light well covered with a skylight so that each office had natural light.  The Board of Trade and Exchange rooms were on the third floor as well as private offices for several prominent “grain men”.  The interior finishing was elegant and much admired.


Red River College




Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1892 Municipal, 1979, grade II

White brick, wood post and beam construction.

4 storeys/33,410 total floor space

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Grain and produce exchange. Red River College 164 Princess Street C.A. Barber





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