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Took a drive up Ness Avenue. I never realized long of a road it is—it just keeping going and going. From the top: An abandoned Safeway; and abandoned car wash; and Sturgeon Creek frozen under January snow.

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A pretty interesting modern church deep, deep in St. James on Garrioch Avenue.

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Some of the great typography in St. James on Portage Avenue—Silver Heights Restaurant and King’s Theatre (built 1941, closed as theatre 1996). Top shot is a previously unedited one from 2009 and bottom one is a new edit of a photo from the same evening.

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Silver Heights

Portage Avenue (new edit of an old photo).
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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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Silver Heights Restaurant

Portage Avenue.

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Silver Heights Shopping Centre

Silver Heights, Portage Avenue. A few today from Silver Heights, the typography capitol of Winnipeg.

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Silver Heights Shopping Centre

Silver Heights, Portage Avenue.

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Silver Heights Apartments

Silver Heights, Portage Avenue.

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Silver Heights Shopping Centre

Silver Heights, Portage Avenue.

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Silver Heights Restaurant

Silver Heights, Portage Avenue.

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Hastings Apartments

Silver Heights, Portage Avenue.

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