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Garrick Hotel (Garry Street).

Garrick Hotel (Garry Street).

Behind Albert Street.

Behind Albert Street.

Behind Albert Street.

Behind Albert Street.

No Frills (Main Street).

No Frills (Main Street).

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Graham and Garry

Graham and Garry

Windsor Hotel (Garry Street)

Windsor Hotel (Garry Street). PURCHASE PRINT.

Antares (Smith Street)

Antares (Smith Street)

Millennium Library Park (Smith Street)

Millennium Library Park (Smith Street)

A few shots from around the South Portage area of Downtown. The area may be seeing a big change in the coming years (if the project ever actually gets off the ground), but not as much so as a few blocks away, where True North Square—an apparent game changer—will be taking shape.

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Parkade (Hargrave Street)

Parkade (Hargrave Street)

Parkade (York Avenuee)

Parkade (York Avenuee)

Parkade (Edmonton Street)

Parkade (Edmonton Street)

Empty Lot on Hargravee

Empty Lot on Hargrave

Here’s a look at a collection of fine parking structures in Downtown Winnipeg, where one must never be more than 20 paces away from a place to park. Added bonus: The empty lot in the bottom photot, the former location of the Carlton Inn. Despite the lofty ambition of the recently confirmed True North Square, it would not surprise me one bit if this spot ended up being—you guessed it—another Downtown parkade.

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Bay Auto Centre (Vaughan and St. Mary)

Bay Auto Centre (Vaughan and St. Mary)

Walkway (Vaughan and St. Mary)

Walkway (Vaughan and St. Mary)

A couple of shots (taken from out the sunroof of my car, I believe) at Vaughan and St. Mary.

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Surface Parking Lot (Fort Street)

Surface Parking Lot (Fort Street)

Main and Graham

Main and Graham

Fort south of Portage

Fort south of Portage

Fort near Graham

Fort near Graham

A few shots from the South Portage area, taken in mid-July. It was a night that looked like it could produce a spectacular sunset; although that didn’t materialize, I was still pleased with some of the results.

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Skyline (as seen from Prairie 360)

Skyline (as seen from Prairie 360)

Skyline (as seen from Prairie 360)

Skyline (as seen from Prairie 360)

55 Hargrave (as seen from Prairie 360)

55 Hargrave (as seen from Prairie 360)

CMHR (as seen from Prairie 360)

CMHR (as seen from Prairie 360)

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Remand Centre (Vaughan Street)

Remand Centre (Vaughan Street)

Bay Parkade (Vaughan and St. Mary)

Bay Parkade (Vaughan and St. Mary)

Archives of Manitoba (Vaughan Street)

Archives of Manitoba (Vaughan Street)

Hakin Optical (Kennedy Street)

Hakin Optical (Kennedy Street)

Kennedy Street

Kennedy Street

The Bay (as seen from Kennedy Street)

The Bay (as seen from Kennedy Street)

Kennedy Street

Kennedy Street

Pony Corral (Kennedy Street)

Pony Corral (Kennedy Street)

Winnipeg Clinic (Kennedy Street)

Winnipeg Clinic (Kennedy Street)

Movies, Music and More (Graham Avenue)

Movies, Music and More (Graham Avenue)

Vaughan Street

Vaughan Street

A few photos from the South Portage section of Downtown.

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Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from the parking lot behind VJ’s on Main)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from St. Mary)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

Canadian Museum for Human Rights (as seen from York)

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is a true object d’art—in terms of architecture, likely the best example in the city. However, the building is rarely photographed as a building within the context of the city. Typical photos of the building place it as a stand-alone object with little-to-no environmental context or as the oddly disproportionate foreground of Winnipeg’s skyline.

In these photos I’ve attempted to place the building within the context of the browns and beiges of Downtown’s South Portage neighborhood. When viewed from these angles, the enormous scale of the building is magnified, as is the outlandish (in a good way) design. It’s truly a building like no other in Winnipeg.

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Fort Street

Fort Street

Gio's

Gio’s (York and Smith)

Donald and Yotk

Donald and York

Pyramid Cabaret

Pyramid Cabaret (Fort Street)

Pyramid Cabaret

Pyramid Cabaret (Fort Street)

Private Parking

Private Parking (Behind the Winnipeg Hotel on Main Street)

Main Street

Main Street

Main & St. Mary

Main & St. Mary

Main Street

Times Change High & Lonesome Club (Main Street)

Smith Street

Smith Street

VJ's Drive Inn

VJ’s Drive Inn (Main Street)

Winnipeg Square

Winnipeg Square (Fort and Graham)

Behind Main Street (off St. Mary)

Behind Main Street (off St. Mary)

Metropolitan Theatre

Metropolitan Theatre (Donald Street)

A [long] look at the South Portage portion of Downtown. You may notice captions under the images—I’m experimenting with a slightly new format. It’s a work in progress, so please bare with me.

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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.

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A few sunset shots from St. Mary Avenue between Donald and Hargrave. These are a classic case of being in the right place in the right time. I was on my way to dinner, and bam—there was a gorgeous sunset right in front of me.

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More previously unedited or newly worked photos from the archives. These ones were shot from 2008-2010.

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

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More shots from the South Portage area of Downtown (specifically Donald Street). From the top: City Place/MPI loading zone; a couple of shots looking east from in between two buildings whose names I can’t remember the names of; Crosstown Civic Credit Union; and finally, 185 Donald—a lonesome remnant from when South Portage was primarily a residential area.

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When my mom and I went downtown when I was a kid, I always hoped she’d park in the City Place (Eaton Place back then) parkade. Other than the two weeks a year that the Red River Ex was operational, the parkade was the closest thing to a roller coaster ride there was.

I liked this place back then, and I like it now. Architecturally, the spiral designs (there are a couple others around) are among the most interesting parkades in the city. Have you seen the new one going up at Hargrave and Ellice? Compared to that hulking monstrosity, the City Place parkade is a masterpiece.

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