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More rescued and/or reworked photos from the archives. These ones are all from 2008.

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Where The Magic Happens

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City Council Chamber, Main Street. Previously unedited photo from 2009.

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Old City Hall Monument

Old City Hall Monument

Main Street.

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City Hall

City Hall

Main Street (built 1965).
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Winnipeg City Hall

Winnipeg City Hall

Main Street (built 1965).

I’ve complained more than once about the blandness of our City Hall. The interior of the building, however, reveals itself to be a pretty slick space.

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Winnipeg City Hall

Main Street (built 1965).

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Season’s Greetings

Season's Greetings

City Hall, Main Street (1965).

Not even a Season’s Greetings sign can inject life into one of Winnipeg’s goofiest buildings. Time to rebuild Old City Hall?

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Winnipeg City Hall

Winnipeg City Hall

Main Street (1965).

Here’s an idea: rebuild Old City Hall (the second city hall, that is, built in 1886).

That’s right. When the current City Hall reaches the end of its life, the city should replace it with a replica of the much loved, and much missed Old City Hall.

I’m usually not into this sort of thing; moving forward architecturally is usually the way to go. But it’s a different story with City Hall. Sure it was crumbling and ready to fall down on its own, but tearing down what very well might be the most beautiful building the city has every known is perhaps be the biggest bonehead move the city has ever made. Replacing it with its current incarnation is perhaps the second biggest. Is there a worse building in Winnipeg than City Hall?

Rebuilding Old City Hall would be a huge morale booster, it would be great for tourism, and it would go a long way in terms of healing Main Street, which for all intents and purposes is seriously wounded right now.

Here are some pictures of Old City Hall, courtesy of the U of M’s Winnipeg Building Index:

http://wbi.lib.umanitoba.ca/WinnipegBuildings/showBuilding.jsp?id=236

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Winnipeg City Hall

Winnipeg City Hall

Main Street (1965).

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