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View Poll Results: Best Historical Skyscraper in Winnipeg?
Union Bank Building (504 Main) 12 24.00%
Grain Exchange Building (167 Lombard) 2 4.00%
Lindsay Building (228 Notre Dame) 1 2.00%
Confederation Building (457 Main) 10 20.00%
National Bank Building (191 Lombard) 4 8.00%
Hotel Fort Garry (222 Broadway) 5 10.00%
Electric Railway Chambers (213 Notre Dame) 5 10.00%
Paris Building (259 Portage) 3 6.00%
Hamilton Building (395 Main) 4 8.00%
Federal Building (269 Main) 4 8.00%
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Hopefully its converted to condos or rentals some years down the road, seems like it would be a good location. According to the Manitoba Historical Society, it was designated a historic site in April of this year.
I love that building. I hope they keep it around - conversion of some sort. I kind of like how awkwardly close it is to the street / bridge / tracks.
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Is Winnipeg unique in that all of its historical skyscrapers are clad in terracotta? The Union Bank Building, Childs Building, Lindsay Building, Confederation Building, Electric Railway Chambers Building, National Bank Building, Paris Building, Bank of Hamilton Building, Boyd Building and Marlborough Hotel are all clad in terracotta. The only high-rise buildings from that time that are not are the Watkins Building, Sterling Building, Somerset Building, Grain Exchange Building and Cityplace.
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Is Winnipeg unique in that all of its historical skyscrapers are clad in terracotta? The Union Bank Building, Childs Building, Lindsay Building, Confederation Building, Electric Railway Chambers Building, National Bank Building, Paris Building, Bank of Hamilton Building, Boyd Building and Marlborough Hotel are all clad in terracotta. The only high-rise buildings from that time that are not are the Watkins Building, Sterling Building, Somerset Building, Grain Exchange Building and Cityplace.
i thought electric railways was stone
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i thought electric railways was stone
I don't think so, the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation has it on its list of stops for its terracotta tour of Winnipeg. The only building I listed above not included in this tour is the Bank of Hamilton Building, but I thought that was terracotta clad?


http://www.winnipegarchitecture.ca/w...aCottaTour.pdf
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I don't think so, the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation has it on its list of stops for its terracotta tour of Winnipeg. The only building I listed above not included in this tour is the Bank of Hamilton Building, but I thought that was terracotta clad?


http://www.winnipegarchitecture.ca/w...aCottaTour.pdf
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I don't think so, the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation has it on its list of stops for its terracotta tour of Winnipeg. The only building I listed above not included in this tour is the Bank of Hamilton Building, but I thought that was terracotta clad?


http://www.winnipegarchitecture.ca/w...aCottaTour.pdf
bank of hamilton is stone
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I tried to compile a list of the tallest buildings in Winnipeg pre-WW2 (not including Churches and the Legislature). I used Google Earth Pro to try to determine the heights but I approximated them to the nearest meter. All buildings taller than 35 metres are included (anything shorter is a low-rise according to Emporis). Mechanical floors are not included in the height (which in most cases would add about 3-5 metres).

1. Hotel Fort Garry (1913) 10 floors.......................59 m
2. Cityplace (1916, 1921) 9 floors..........................52 m
3. National Bank Building (1913) 12 floors...............50 m
4. Childs Building (1909-1988) 12 floors..................49 m
5. Federal Building (1936) 11 floors........................48 m
6. Union Bank Building (1904) 10 floors..................45 m
7. Electric Railway Chambers (1912) 11 floors..........45 m
8. Bank of Hamilton Building (1918) 10 floors..........44 m
9. Confederation Building (1912) 10 floors...............43 m
10. Paris Building (1915, 1917) 11 floors.................42 m
11. Grain Exchange Building (1908, 1913) 10 floors...40 m
12. Ogilvie Mill Elevator (1882, 1918) 11 floors.......~40 m ???
13. Lindsay Building (1912) 10 floors......................38 m
14. Marlborough Hotel (1914, 1923) 9 floors............36 m
15. Eaton's Store (1905, 1908-2003) 8 floors............36 m
16. Sterling Building (1911) 9 floors.......................36 m
17. Great West Life Building (1911, 1923) 8 floors.....36 m
18. Boyd Building (1912) 9 floors...........................36 m
19. Somerset Building (1906) 9 floors.....................35 m
20. Watkins Building (1914) 10 floors......................35 m

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I tried to compile a list of the tallest buildings in Winnipeg pre-WW2 (not including Churches and the Legislature). I used Google Earth Pro to try to determine the heights but I approximated them to the nearest meter. All buildings taller than 35 metres are included (anything shorter is a low-rise according to Emporis). Mechanical floors are not included in the height (which in most cases would add about 3-5 metres).

1. Hotel Fort Garry (1913) 10 floors.......................59 m
2. Cityplace (1916, 1921) 9 floors..........................52 m
3. National Bank Building (1913) 12 floors...............50 m
4. Childs Building (1909-1988) 12 floors..................49 m
5. Federal Building (1936) 11 floors........................48 m
6. Union Bank Building (1904) 10 floors..................45 m
7. Electric Railway Chambers (1912) 11 floors..........45 m
8. Bank of Hamilton Building (1918) 10 floors..........44 m
9. Confederation Building (1912) 10 floors...............42 m
10. Paris Building (1915, 1917) 11 floors.................42 m
11. Grain Exchange Building (1908, 1913) 10 floors...40 m
12. Ogilvie Mill Elevator (1882, 1918) 11 floors.......~40 m ???
13. Lindsay Building (1912) 10 floors......................38 m
14. Marlborough Hotel (1914, 1923) 9 floors............36 m
15. Eaton's Store (1905, 1908-2003) 8 floors............36 m
16. Sterling Building (1911) 9 floors.......................36 m
17. Great West Life Building (1911, 1923) 8 floors.....36 m
18. Boyd Building (1912) 9 floors...........................36 m
19. Somerset Building (1906) 9 floors.....................35 m
20. Watkins Building (1914) 10 floors......................35 m
Somerset wasn't originally 9 floors (6, I think) so there should be another date in there. Eaton's went from 5 to 8 floors one at a time - I've never quite figured out when but they seem to have been finished around 1909 or 1910. Cityplace is really two buildings that were made to look like one quite a bit later.
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Not one pic in this thread? How are out of towners supposed to vote?
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Not one pic in this thread? How are out of towners supposed to vote?
...the links have pictures...
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Somerset wasn't originally 9 floors (6, I think) so there should be another date in there. Eaton's went from 5 to 8 floors one at a time - I've never quite figured out when but they seem to have been finished around 1909 or 1910. Cityplace is really two buildings that were made to look like one quite a bit later.
Do you know what year the Somerset Building was increased to 9 floors? I was trying to find old photos of Winnipeg which would have a 6-ish floor Somerset Building but all I could find were ones of it at its 9 floor height.

I wish Cityplace was still two separate buildings, it would make that building a bit more interesting (why, I don't know) in my opinion. The western building was built in 1916, and was originally 8 floors I believe and stood about 46 metres tall (so maybe was a "historic skyscraper"), and the second, larger 9 floor eastern building was completed in 1921. The 8 floor building was increased to 9 floors shortly after the second building was completed.
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Looks like the Somerset was 7 storeys at one point, although I'm not sure if that's how it was built originally.
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Just a ridiculous set of buildings to vote on.

Confederation with the curved facade is a personal favorite, but the detail on Lombard and Electric Railway are outstanding. I've always liked the angles on the Lindsay Building as well. Hard to choose it should have been multiple choice, or a ranked poll for top-four.

Given the plethora of railway hotels in Canada the Hotel Fort Gary generally gets overlooked in discussions of Winnipeg, but it's a decent structure. Love the brick or brick-like work on Bank of Hamilton as well.

In a toss-up I go with the Confederation Building for the curve.
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Looks like the Somerset was 7 storeys at one point, although I'm not sure if that's how it was built originally.
Thanks for the photo! I'm assuming that was the original build, although it looks like their is a small change in surface detailing between the 6th and 7th floors. It looks like it was 9 floors by WW1.
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One thing that bugs me about many of Winnipeg's historical skyscrapers is that most of them have prominent unadorned back/side walls. A building like the Union Bank Tower or Confederation would look so much better if there were another building of similar height next to them instead of all that plain brick. Unfortunately, many of them stand alone (like the Union Bank) or next to much shorter neighbours.

I suppose that's one thing I like about the Hotel Fort Garry, it's nicely done on all four sides.
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One thing that bugs me about many of Winnipeg's historical skyscrapers is that most of them have prominent unadorned back/side walls. A building like the Union Bank Tower or Confederation would look so much better if there were another building of similar height next to them instead of all that plain brick. Unfortunately, many of them stand alone (like the Union Bank) or next to much shorter neighbours.

I suppose that's one thing I like about the Hotel Fort Garry, it's nicely done on all four sides.
I actually like that most of our historic skyscrapers have those less decorated walls. It speaks of how skyscrapers were built at that time and adds a nice feature and a different "texture" from some angles. Its too bad that the Fort Garry towers overshadow the south wall of the Hotel Fort Garry as that's where the arches are. I'd much rather see the elegant Hotel Fort Garry peaking over the horizon from the Main Street Bridge as opposed to the monolithic Fort Garry residential towers.
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Electric Railway Chambers, I like the way it's seems to sit at an angle to Portage because of where it's fronting.
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The Federal Building

Despite all the years I spent working at the Hotel Fort Garry so many years ago, The Federal Building. That 1930s construction era created so many beautiful buildings and this is really the only one we have here. Love that building.
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