Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



MacDonald Building

Formerly:Unemployment Insurance Building
Address:344 Edmonton Street
Use:Government Offices
Original Use:Government Offices
Other Work:1977, 1990 and 1998, Interior renovations
Architects:Smith Carter Searle and Associates
Firms:Smith Carter Searle and Associates
Contractors:North American Buildings Ltd.

Design Characteristics

  • Site: 250 ft. frontage x 120 ft. (76.2 x 36.58 m)
  • Plan area: 19,159 sq. ft. (1,779.87 sq. m)
  • Gross floor area: 99,217 sq. ft. (9,217.26 sq. m)
  • Foundation and basement constructed with reinforced concrete caissons, reinforced concrete basement walls and slab floor
  • Superstructure constructed with protected structural steel frame, precast concrete slab floors and roof, concrete block walls
  • Exterior constructed with face brick, tyndall stone, granite, vertical mullions of precast concrete and exposed aggregate


  • Greater Winnipeg Industrial Topics (Progress in Metropolitan Winnipeg edition), 21, 9(1961), p.11.
  • "Unemployment Insurance Commission Building, 13, 11 (November 1961), pp. 21-22.

Locations of Supporting Information

  • City of Winnipeg Archives
  • Provincial Archives of Manitoba
  • University of Manitoba Libraries, Department of Archives and Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune Subjects Clippings Research Files