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Maw Block

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During his career in the implement trade, Joseph Maw was involved in the building of two buildings within the Exchange District. Originally a salesman with the Massey Company, Maw had relocated to Winnipeg from Calgary in 1892. Together with John Munroe Ross, his partner, they operated a carriage business out of 144 Princess Street in the Henderson Block. By 1895, they had become the largest carriage dealer in Canada.

In 1896, Maw set out on his own. Operating as Joseph Maw and Company, he purchased the Watson Implement property at William Avenue and King Street. This building that had been on the site since 1882, was demolished and Maw built a three storey brick building.  The third floor featured a track for testing and racing bicycles.



Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1897 Inventory Edwardian, brick and stone foundation. 2 storeys/14,400 total floor area

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
Wholesale warehouse for carriage and harness equipment. Offices 280 William Avenue Unknown





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