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A Manitoba Masterpiece
On the day the downtown Bay opened at 9 a.m. Nov. 18, 1926, it was the largest reinforced concrete building in Canada.
The total budget for the store’s construction was $5,968,000.
Here’s a snapshot of what went into the six-storey construction more than a year earlier.
Hudson's Bay Company Archives, Archives of Manitoba
Original plans for the building’s exterior called for terra cotta to be brought in from the United States. At the urging of local leaders, the Hudson’s Bay Company changed its plans and agreed to use $400,000 worth of locally cut Tyndall stone. The decision not only created additional jobs in Manitoba, but allowed The Bay to later advertise that the structure was constructed with 100 per cent of Manitoba products.