Redevelopment is coming to the foodcourt at 201 Portage, but until then, it will remain a classically depressing Winnipeg interior.
Here’s a collection of seemingly random photos—all taken with the convenient, yet frustrating, iPhone 6 camera.
Here’s a look at the interior of the iconic Times Changed High and Lonesome Club (Main Street), which was thankfully saved from the wrecking ball a couple of months ago. More good news: The building that houses the bar, the Fortune Block, will soon be getting the love that it needs in the form of major renovations. This is great news for Winnipeg’s music scene and for Downtown in general.
Every now and then I try to pop into the Neon Factory (Main Street north of Alexander). They make it easy—they open their doors to the public on most Saturdays (at least in the summer)—and it’s definitely worth the trip; with signs from many of Winnipeg’s great institutions including Shanghai and Kelekis restaurants, The Blue Note Cafe, and the Alexandria Hotel, the Neon Factory is as close to a Winnipeg History Museum as this city has got.
Yup, more old ones from the archives—some previously unedited, and some reedited. From the top: A couple from the basement of the Downtown Bay before Zeller’s moved in (I’m sure the emptiness down there these days is even more…empty); Westminster Avenue in the heart of Wolseley, Vulcan Ironworks, along with some junked cars on the south side of the building; Fire Roses Flour/Ogilve Mills; St. Boniface Post Office; the alley just north of Princess and McDermot; and teepees at The Forks.
Here’s a shot of the Polo Park Target (St. James Street) from back in January before the company announced its retraction from Canada. It was a Friday afternoon, and the store was completely abandoned. It was weird—my wife and I couldn’t get over it. Needless to say, we weren’t surprised when Target made its announcement a few days later.
Back in early January I finally took my first look inside the CMHR. As expected, I was blown away by the interior, which is even more spectacular than the building’s exterior. There are few spaces in Winnipeg—perhaps even Canada—can can truly fill me with awe, and the CMHR is one of them.
The exhibits were another story. While still a work in progress, they felt a little light to me—a little too safe. Given the subjects they’re dealing with, the exhibits should leave the viewer as breathless as the building does. But for me, they lack the emotional wallop that they call for. Perhaps my opinion about this will change upon a second visit, when I can focus less on the building and more on the exhibits.
A look inside Winnipeg Antiques & Collectibles Market on Princess Street.
Ferry Road. A couple of randoms from the Winnipeg Aviation Museum.
Princess Street. A look inside the anachronism that is J. Werier & Co. Ltd., where you’ll find used office equipment alongside teacups, vintage clowns and stuffed weasels, among other things. If you’ve never been, this place is worth checking out. If for nothing else, go to check out the massive, vertigo-inducing open elevator shaft.
Some further reading on the Werier empire can be found here.
Northgate Shopping Centre—one of Winnipeg’s great joy-sucking interiors (McPhillips Street).
The gorgeous McKim Court (River and Osborne, built 1911). As nice on the inside as it is the outside. For good measure, the bottom photo (Fude, Kawaii Crepe, etc.) is across the street and slightly south of McKim Court.