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.
A couple of shots (taken from out the sunroof of my car, I believe) at Vaughan and St. Mary.
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.
A few photos from the South Portage section of Downtown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
More rescued and/or reworked photos from the archives. These ones are all from 2008.
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.
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.