Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Ma Seung Christian Education Building

Formerly:Raw Fur Department, Hudson's Bay Company
Address:235 Princess Street
Original Use:Offices and warehouse
Architects:G.L. Sweet (Hudson's Bay Co.)

Design Characteristics

  • Frontage: 30.2 ft. (9.2 m)
  • Plan area: 2,350 sq. ft. (218.32 sq. m)
  • Gross floor area: 2,350 sq. ft. (218.32 sq. m)
  • Constructed with concrete block.
  • The foundation is of reinforced concrete with a 4 inch conrete slab floor.
  • Felt and gravel roof on Donnacona board, with galvanized iron flashing.
  • The exterior is finished in brick with precast concrete lintels and sills, glass block windows, and louvred vents.


  • Alexandra Paul, "Fur salon in The Bay goes into receivership," Winnipeg Free Press, June 12, 1998, p. A7.
  • Leona Krahn, "The North West Company: Building proudly on a 300 year tradition," p.27, in Winnipeg: Building the Future on the Strength of Our Past, publication prepared by Winnipeg 2000 and the Winnipeg Free Press, circulated in October 1996.
  • Manitoba Industry and Commerice Bulletin, 3, 5 (May 1951), p.2.
  • Microfilm Roll #65, three files on "Hudson's Bay Co." covering the years 1931 to 1980.
  • Record Group 7, Buildlings and Lands Division, Record of Miscellaneous Buildlings, 1939-1953, #RG7/7A/447

Locations of Supporting Information

  • Hudson's Bay Company Archives (Provincial Archives of Manitoba)
  • Manitoba Industry and Commerce Bulletin
  • University of Manitoba Libraries, Department of Archives and Special Collections
  • City of WInnipeg Archives