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676 Main Street

Formerly:Bank of Montreal
Address:676 Main Street
Constructed:1949-50
Architects:Northwood and Chivers

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Clad in Tyndall limestone and representing a lean-lined modern architectural approach, 676 Main Street (a former branch of the Bank of Montreal) is sparsely embellished. Beyond the warm mottled stone, the facade is given character by a central, raised carved bank coat of arms. Originally, the Main Street elevation was dominated by a large central window with square mullions, since filled in by solid metal panelling. The building is one of a number of modernists banks completed by the established firm of Northwood and Chivers in the early post-war years across Winnipeg. The initial floor plan featured a south-side open public space, private offices to the north and a vault space at the far west of the building's footprint.

Design Characteristics

  • Tyndall limestone cladding
  • Clean-lined modern architectural approach