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Toronto Type Foundry Building

175 McDermot Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3B, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1988/08/29

Primary elevation, from the south, of the Toronto Type Foundry Building, Winnipeg, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2005
Primary Elevation
Contextual view, from the east, of the Toronto Type Foundry Building (third from left), Winnipeg, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2005
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Other Name(s)

Toronto Type Foundry Building
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Construction Date(s)

1881/01/01 to 1881/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/03/01

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Toronto Type Foundry Building, a narrow three-storey brick warehouse erected in 1881, is part of a significant turn-of-the-twentieth-century streetscape in Winnipeg's Exchange District, a national historic site of Canada. The City of Winnipeg designation applies to the building on its footprint.

Heritage Value

The Toronto Type Foundry Building, a modest structure of typical brick and heavy mill construction, occupies a key site within a rare, nearly intact row of smaller-scale historic warehouses in Winnipeg's Exchange District. The building, erected by monument-maker and architect David Ede as a speculative venture during the city's first major boom, is the oldest in the row of six McDermot Avenue structures that together convey a clear sense of time and place through their complementary designs and materials. Modified in the early 1900s from a more ornate three-bay design to a vernacular-style front and extended at the rear, the warehouse served for 70 years as the home of the Toronto Type Foundry. This firm employed state-of-the-art technologies for job printing and publishing small newspapers, and was one of several such companies clustered on McDermot, also known as Newspaper Row.

Source: City of Winnipeg Committee on Planning and Community Services Minute, August 29, 1988

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Toronto Type Foundry Building site include:
- its centre placement in a block of six period buildings, which, while varying in design and colour, form a compatible and largely intact streetscape on the north side of McDermot Avenue between Main and Rorie streets

Key exterior elements that define the warehouse's heritage character include:
- its three-storey rectangular shape that pushes to the sidewalk and flares in width toward the rear in response to the curve of the street
- its solid masonry construction
- its 1910 facade of brown tapestry brick, with the main-floor storefront window offset by an east entrance and two bays of flat-headed windows above, underscored by stone sills and with elongated stone keystones over the top-floor openings
- its wider five-bay rear (north) elevation incorporating a loading dock and window openings with segmental-arched brick heads and rough limestone sills

Key interior elements that define the building's heritage character include:
- its internal frame of heavy wood posts and beams arranged in three floors with high ceilings and a mezzanine in the back of the first floor
- its wood floors and pressed tin ceilings best seen together at the front entrance and up the front stairs
- its freight elevator

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Manitoba

Recognition Authority

City of Winnipeg

Recognition Statute

City of Winnipeg Act

Recognition Type

Winnipeg Landmark Heritage Structure

Recognition Date

1988/08/29

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Communications and Transportation
Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type

Current

Commerce / Commercial Services
Shop or Wholesale Establishment

Historic

Industry
Communications Facility

Architect / Designer

David Ede

Builder

David Ede

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

15-30 Fort Street Winnipeg MB

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

W0119

Status

Published

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Exchange District National Historic Site of Canada

Exchange District National Historic Site of Canada is located in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. The site consists of a densely built, turn-of -the-century warehousing and business…

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