You know it’s cold when…. This one’s from back in January. Matter of fact, I’m quite behind in my postings these days. Must pick up the pace.
Here are some shots of the the new Altexpo mural in the lobby of the brand new Alt Hotel on Portage Avenue. Consisting of over 2600 of my Winnipeg and Manitoba photos, the 2-sided floor-to-ceiling mural is a collaboration with the Sextans design studio in Montreal (I provided the photos and they did the design work). I think it came out great! Stop in and check it out when the hotel opens.
More rescued and/or reworked photos from the archives. These ones are all from 2008.
The ALT Hotel, at the corner of Portage Avenue and Donald….coming a long quite nicely.
More dusk shots from Portage Avenue. Can you tell how much I love this time of day for shooting? From the top: Looking through the Portage Avenue trees towards Manitoba Hydro (built 2008); another look at the Hydro Building behind one of the Portage Avenue Walkways at Portage and Carlton; the Carlton Building (built 1912); Portage Place (built 1987); the Boyd Building (built 1912); Newport Centre (now Rogers, built 1970); looking west from Hargrave; and finally, looking easy from Hargrave.
Some random Downtown buildings. The modern component of the Marlborough Hotel (Smith Street, built 1960); the new Police Headquarters/former Post Office (Graham Avenue, built 1958); and the St. Regis Hotel (Smith Street, built 1909). Not sure when the horrific renos to the St. Regis were done.
I’m loving the new look of the Marlborough Hotel (Smith Street). I had never been a big fan of the modern addition to the building (I’m not sure when this work was done—perhaps some time in the mid- to late-sixties?). But the newly installed lighting and signage features completely turn this place around. A drab building has been turned into a real head-turner, a new piece of eye candy for Smith Street. Final photo shows the original portion of the hotel (built 1913).
Portage and Smith. A nice sunset on a warmish February day.
Portage Place, Portage Avenue.
The Portage Place walkways have got to be among the most depressing places in Winnipeg. Aside from offering a reprieve from the cold, there really aren’t many positives they have to offer. They’re bulky and dated—they scream 1980s—and are three times as large as they need to be.
Lining the walkways with storefronts may have been a nifty idea when the mall first opened, but the mostly empty shops are definitive proof that the idea has failed.
Meanwhile, without any natural backroom storage, the spaces that are occupied have junk piled up from the floor to the ceiling. This doesn’t exactly help the aesthetics when viewed from the street.
I’m not going to try to make the argument that the walkways should be abolished, thereby returning foot traffic to the street (although one could indeed make that argument). This is Winnipeg, and it’s fucking cold. But still, I can’t wait for the day when these beasts are torn down and replaced with simple, subtle, elegant structures. I’m not holding my breath though.
Looking east down Ellice.
A trio of night shots, all of which were previously unedited shots from 2009 or 2010. From the top: The Paris Building (Portage Avenue, built 1915), The Federal Building (Main Street, built 1935), and Misericorda Health Centre (Sherbrook Street).