Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

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Buildings

618 Main Street

Formerly:Royal Bank
Address:618 Main Street
Use:Royal Trading Ltd.
Original Use:Bank
Constructed:1946
Architects:S. G. Davenport (Montreal)
F. N. Ruttan (Local supervising architect)
Contractors:Commonwealth Construction Co. Ltd.

More Information

This was formerly a bank building. The single-storey structure features a red-brick and limestone facade that evokes a series of fluted columns—a simplified rendition of the classical style evident in older bank buildings elsewhere on Main Street. An example of this earlier style can be seen at the 1907 Dominion Bank.

This 1946 structure replaced a 1921 Royal Bank branch at the same location. It was designed by S.G. Davenport of Montreal, who served for a time as the Royal Bank’s chief architect. Notably, he also co-designed the Bank of Canada in Ottawa (1937-38), with the Toronto firm of Marani, Lawson, and Morris. 618 Main served as a Royal Bank of Canada branch until the early 1980s. Since then, the building has housed a variety of retail tenants.

Design Characteristics

  • Site: 27,33 x 89 ft. (8.33 x 27.13 m)
  • Plan area: 2,376 sq. ft. (220.73 sq m)
  • Gross floor area: 5,076 sq. ft. (471.56 sq. m) or 5,346 sq. ft (496.64 sq. m)
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  • One storey building with partial basement constructed with reinforced concrete footings and piers
  • Interior mezzanine level overlooks entrance
  • Superstructure constructed with 12" thick masonry walls, a wood frame reinforced with steel, and a 5-ply tar and gravel roof on a wooden deck

Locations of Supporting Information

  • City of Winnipeg Archives
  • University of Manitoba Libraries, Department of Archives and Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune Subject Clipping Research Files