Confederation Building (Winnipeg)

The Confederation Building is a 10-story office building along the Exchange District of Winnipeg, Manitoba, built by architect J. Wilson Gray. Built in 1913, the building was originally owned and occupied by the Confederation Life Association.

Confederation Building
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General information
Architectural styleChicago school (Louis Sullivan)
Location457 Main St, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Completed1912-1913
Renovated2018
Cost$400,000 CAD
Height41 m (135 ft)
Technical details
Materialterra-cotta
Floor count10
Design and construction
ArchitectJ. Wilson Grayf
Main contractorCarter-Halls-Aldinger Company
Official nameConfederation Building National Historic Site of Canada
DesignatedNovember 6, 1976 (1976-11-06)
Reference no.138

It stands 41 m (135 ft) tall and was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1976 for its Chicago school-influenced architecture.[1]

The plaque on the front of the building reads:

The Confederation Building

This ten story steel-framed office block is representative of early high-rise building construction technology in Winnipeg. Designed in the Chicago style of architecture by J. Wilson Gray of Toronto, it was erected in 1912 by the Carter-Halls-Aldinger Company of Winnipeg at a cost of $400,000.… Its style, use, and placement within Winnipeg's commercial core make it an enduring symbol of the city's great economic and spatial growth in the early twentieth century

- Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

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Coordinates: 49°53′55″N 97°08′20″W / 49.8985°N 97.1388°W / 49.8985; -97.1388