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Silver Heights Restaurant

Silver Heights Restaurant

Portage Avenue.

There’s been a lot of talk lately about Winnipeg’s slowly diminishing stock of historic buildings. I’ve ranted a bit myself about the loss of The Starland and Epic Theatres on Main Street, the continued neglect of the Royal Albert and St. Charles Hotels, and the questionable redevelopment of the Ryan Block and Prosperity Knitwear.

But nobody’s talking about the disappearing act that’s happening right before our eyes on Portage Avenue these days. Up until a few months ago, the stretch of Portage between Century and Moray was a living museum of Googie architecture, an eccentric offshoot of mid-century modern architecture. While the gorgeous signage still exists at Silver Heights Restaurant, the signs at both Silver Heights Shopping Centre and Silver Heights Apartments have vanished, no doubt in attempt to improve the area.

Between these losses and the inevitable demolition of the Airport and the Public Safety Building, it’s clear that this city has no interest in preserving any part of its heritage post-1930.

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  • Excellent comment. I too think Portage Avenue West has a lot of architectural charm, especially in its stock of post-war apartment buildings (time for the many Exchange district obsessives – bloggers and such – to get in their cars and drive west!). In my last trip to Wpg I was saddened to see that the shopping center sign had disappeared but was heartened to see a lot of renovations going on too.ReplyCancel

  • How right you are.

    Great pic.

    And I hear the ribs are great there…ReplyCancel

  • Tony Siwicki

    Thank you! My Family is the founder of the Silver Heights Restaurant and we still own it today 53 years later! I just want to assure all of you that we will never remove our sign.ReplyCancel

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