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J. H. Ashdown House
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The English-born James H. Ashdown was probably Winnipeg's
best-known businessman arriving in the Red River settlement
in 1868. He purchased a tinsmith shop the following year,
relocating his business to Main and Bannatyne in 1871.
The Ashdown interest remained at this site for the next
By 1885, Ashdown had built the largest hardware warehouse
west of the Great Lakes. The Ashdown Warehouse still stands
on Bannatyne Avenue, as does a retail store on Main Street
at Bannatyne Avenue.