Thursday, June 24, 2010

Winnipeg in Color, 1962

All photos courtesy of the Winnipeg Building Index at the University of Manitoba's Architecture and Fine Arts Library.

The downtown skyline from the Red River near The Forks

Portage and Main looking east, where the Richardson Building and Fairmont Hotel would be built by the end of the decade. On the left is the seven-storey Merchant's Bank building that was Winnipeg's first tall steel-frame building when it was constructed in 1900

Looking east on Portage Avenue toward Main

Great Western Building and the Allan Killam McKay Building on the west side of Main south of Portage. These treasures were relegated to the dustbin of history in 1973, to make way for an embarassing act of corporate welfare, the Trizec Development

Looking south on Main from near William Avenue

Looking north up Main from James Avenue. Most of the buildings in this view are now gone

Northwest corner of Logan and Main. The Royal Alexandra Hotel at Higgins is seen in the background. It would be demolished through the winter of 1971-2

A couple of old relics on Rupert Avenue east of Main, looking toward the Amy Street Hydro plant

Looking east on Henry Avenue from near Martha Street. On the right is Rosh Pina Synagogue, built in 1892

Gifford Hall, Martha Street and Logan Avenue. This house was the home of E.F. Hutchings, who by 1910 would be one of Winnipeg's 19 millionaires. The house was pulled down later in the 1960s to make way for the extension of the Disraeli 'freeway'

Dominion Immigration Building, Maple Street along the south side of the CP mainline. This would be demolished sometime in the late 1980s

Maple Street at Macdonald Avenue. The Maple All People's Mission building later became home to Pilgrim Baptist Church, a congregation made up of many of the blacks that lived in the Point Douglas area at mid-century. Pilgrim Baptist still exists at this site, though in a newer building. The large buildings in the background are the Dominion Immigration and Manitoba Cold Storage

Looking north on Main from around Redwood Avenue. The Holy Trinity Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral, built in the early 1950s, is still there today

Looking west on Academy Road from Waterloo Street

U of M Campus, Fort Garry, before adults dressed like toddlers

7 Comments:

Blogger MacD said...

Wow! Great find. So many lost treasures! Academy hasn't changed much though.

6:41 PM  
Blogger double nickel said...

A time when Winnipeg, and the rest of the country has so much promise.

9:22 PM  
Blogger Dallas said...

I don't even recognize this place. WTF happened?

2:10 AM  
Anonymous Winnipeg Computer Repair said...

Wow Great Pictures Of The Peg From Back In The Day Keep Up The Great Work!!!

4:17 PM  
Blogger Abe Rosner said...

Great photos! But one correction about Holy Trinity in the north end. It was originally opened as a single-story flat-roofed structure, in 1952, waiting for fundraising to make up for someone who ran away with the money. It took another 10 years to complete the Kremlin-like structure pictured above, which was opened in 1962.

9:27 AM  
Blogger Tom Hardy said...

Thanks again for all the info! Do you know where I should be able to find out where I can find materials for steel buildings in Winnipeg? Thanks for sharing.

10:36 AM  
Blogger Addena Sumter-Freitag said...

Wonderful to see my old home town. I actually remember when Winnipeg looked like this.
I attended The Pilgrim Baptist Church as a kid. The congregation (and friends) took the train in the summers to Winnipeg Beach (I think it was) to "the Colored Picnic". .....Great times.

9:48 PM  

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