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European Block

Address:588 Manitoba Avenue
Constructed:1914
Architects:Max Zev Blankstein
Contractors:Cohen & Meyerowitz

More Information

European Block would be built for $40,000. The building was developed by Cohen and Meyerowitz, a partnership between Abraham Cohen and Abraham Meyerowitz. In 1910, the two had worked on a corner store and residence at 656 Aberdeen Avenue, where Cohen was the builder. Abraham was also the brother Reuben Cohen, who commissioned Max Blankstein to build Ruben Block at 270 Morley Avenue amongst other housing projects.

Abraham Meyerowitz (originally spelled Mayerwytz) was a Jewish immigrant from Russia, immigrating to Canada sometime between 1905 and 1906. Though there is some dispute, his date of birth was either 1871 or 1874. The family name would later be changed to Meyers.

The original building featured a bath house, European Sanitary Baths, which was also run by Abraham Cohen. The baths occupied the first floor and basement, while sixteen suits occupied the second and third floors. To distinguish between the building's two functions, the baths are listed as 203 McGregor Street, while the residential entrance is listed as 590 Manitoba Avenue. The baths gained a morbid claim to fame April 14th, 1919, when Abraham Sayer, a regular patron of the steam bath, passed away unexpectedly.

Design Characteristics

Developer:Cohen & Meyerowitz
  • The dimensions are 33 feet wide and 97 feet long, three storeys
  • The building is a modest beige brick construction with Tyndall Stone base. The brick is textures, forming different patterns along each storey. Keystone windows are used along the first and second storeys, but not the third
  • Dentilled eaves are used along the roofline. The entrance at the corner of Manitoba and McGregor has a short eaves
  • The bottom floor features Russian baths and swimming pools, with apartments on the second and third floors

Sources

  • http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/europeanblock.shtml