1915 – Curry Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architect: John D. Atchison



Developed by City Comptroller Duncan Steele Curry (1852-1925) on the site of a previous property owned by himself. Recession and world war forced some developers to cancel projects. Curry, in contrast, proceeded with replacement of his older building, but on a scaled-down basis, hoping to add the remainder at a later date. He had only two storeys built even though the facility’s reinforced concrete foundation could carry eight. The Curry Building has a steel frame, hollow tile interior partitions, brick exterior walls, and flat roof broken by a section intended to accommodate a future light well. Terracotta covers the Portage, Notre Dame and Garry fa├žades. Ornamentation is in the Gothic style of architecture and includes extensive use of tracery and floral patterns, an elaborate parapet with finials and trefoil openings, and an arched main entrance.