|Formerly:||A. Caruthers & Co. Building|
King's Head Knight's Pub Club
King's Head Pub
Sparling Sales Ltd. Building
|Address:||120 King Street|
|Original Use:||Warehouse, wholesale|
|Tours:||Part of the QR Code Tour|
The 1896 Sparling Sales Ltd. Building, a two-storey heavy masonry structure, stands mid-block within a group of commercial facilities of mostly similar scale and age in Winnipeg's Exchange District, a national historic site. The City of Winnipeg designation applies to the building on its footprint.
The Sparling Sales Ltd. Building is a compact Romanesque Revival-style warehouse that originated in the early stages of business development in the vicinity of Winnipeg's City Hall, Market Building and Central Fire Hall. Erected for Andrew Carruthers, a long-standing fur, hide and wool dealer, the structure also housed the Der Nordwestern Publishing Co., the first and largest German-language press in Western Canada, and a successor, the multilingual National Press Ltd. The building's design by Joseph Greenfield incorporates many Romanesque elements, including robust brick and stone finishes, round-headed arches and decorative brick pilasters and corbel tables, as well as the less common feature of a pediment at the roofline. Adapted over the years for various wholesale, office and hospitality uses, the structure remains important to the integrity of its historic Exchange District streetscape.