Sunday, February 7, 2010

Downtown Places - The Peck Building

Exchange

Place: The Peck Building
Address:
33 Princess Street Map
Opened: 1893
Architect:
Charles H. Wheeler

Background

The Peck Building was built for John W. Peck & Co., Montreal-based clothing wholesalers and manufacturers. After a decade in Winnipeg business was booming so they decided on a new, custom-built location. Originally four storeys, two more were added in the early 1900s.

Peck BuildingPeck Building

Each floor has 28 windows to allow for a maximum mount of natural light.
It also included an electric elevator.

From the Peck catalogue. For more see Peel's

Peck went out of business during the Depression but the building remained home to a number of smaller garment trade firms for many decades. It is currently the home of the Antique Exchange.


Peck Building

In February 2008 the Church of Scientology announced that they purchased the building and would invest nearly $10m to turn it into a church and library. That project never materialized.

Related:
33 Princess - Historic Buildings Committee Report
33 Princess - Winnipeg Building Index

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