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Portage Avenue Winnipeg

29 June 2010

1919 – Former Bank of Commerce, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architects: Victor Daniel Horsburgh In Winnipeg the main banks had been clustered on Main Street. As Portage Avenue developed into a shopping area, the banks started to open up branches to cater for...

10 May 2010

1912 – Carlton Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architect: John D. Atchison The three-storey Carlton Building is a low-profile version of the Chicago Style of architecture, with detailing that reflects an Italianate influence. The block was built by the Sutherland Construction...

10 May 2010

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,...

07 May 2010

1987 – One Canada Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architect: Number Ten Architectural Group Unattractive office block that has dated poorly – the cladding colours being of their time.

06 May 2010

1927 – Hudson’s Bay Department Store, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architect: E.I. Barott Founded in 1670, the Hudson’s Bay Company’s (HBC) chief interests for its first two centuries were the fur trade, exploration and settlement. After 1870, when its territory of Rupert’s Land...

28 April 2010

1927 – Former Bank of Montreal, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architect: Kenneth Guscotte Rea Fine little classical bank building nestled into a block of Portage Avenue. Now the offices of the Downtown Biz association, the building has fine Corinthian capitals on crisply incised...

28 April 2010

1904 – Eaton’s Department Store, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architects: John Woodman For years the focal point of downtown Winnipeg, the former Eatons Department Store has been demolished to make way for a much criticised entertainment complex. Fortunately the linked Eaton Place...

28 April 2010

1967 – Royal Bank Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architect: Smith Carter Searle Associates Large office building above a podium storey. The rectangular grid of the prefabricated cladding is pleasing to the viewer, if stark. The ground floor which acts as a...

28 April 2010

1896 – University of Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architects: S. Frank Peters & George Browne The smaller of the two universities based in Winnipeg, but the more central campus, located off Portage Avenue, the University of Winnipeg presents a stern face...

28 April 2010

1917 – Paris Building, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Architect: Woodman & Carey A stunning building on Portage Avenue, the Paris building is dramatically floodlit at night to accentuate its metal decoration. The building is a total contrast with many of the...