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10 Then And Now Photos That Show How Much Winnipeg Has Changed

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10 Then And Now Photos That Show How Much Winnipeg Has Changed
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Styling itself as the Gateway to the West, Winnipeg is a place of adventure and some of the new architecture reflects just that. Since 1999 the Downtown area alone has seen over $1.2 billion of investment in major revitalization projects, and other areas have also seen growth.

Take a look at our then-and-now images of a wide variety of buildings, and we feel sure you will agree that there have been quite a range of adventurous building developments in town:

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1. Canadian Museum for Human Rights

If you like bold architecture then you’ll surely be impressed by this new national museum! The idea of its design is a conceptual journey, taking in ramps and huge interior spaces, and ending in a tall spire called ‘Tower of Hope’ from which visitors can view downtown Winnipeg. The inspiration for the design came from the natural scenery and open spaces of Canada, and the issues and stories of the First Nations tribes are very much present in the museum.

 

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2. 311 Portage

In the place of what was a row of low-rise retail outlets is this new and impressive development called Centrepoint. It contains class A office space, a boutique hotel and premium dining opportunities and styles itself as being a very sophisticated address. Much effort has been made to ensure that the building provides a cutting-edge environment for those who work here, with large windows letting in abundant daylight and facilities such as change rooms and showers.

 

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3. Henderson Business Centre

Managed by Crystal Properties, this new 3-storey building is conveniently situated on Henderson Highway between the Rossmere and Kildonan Drive neighbourhoods. Both retail and office space are available here and the attractive dark-grey finish really helps it to stand out – it breathes new life into what was previously a barren and vacant lot. The L-shaped design allows for a large entry plaza landscaped with trees and movable seating where people can gather.

 

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4. Investors Group Field

Managed by Crystal Properties, this new 3-storey building is conveniently situated on Henderson Highway between the Rossmere and Kildonan Drive neighbourhoods. Both retail and office space are available here and the attractive dark-grey finish really helps it to stand out – it breathes new life into what was previously a barren and vacant lot. The L-shaped design allows for a large entry plaza landscaped with trees and movable seating where people can gather.

 

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5. The Edgewater

This is a stunning new condo building in a prime spot in the McMillan neighbourhood. Luxury is to the fore, with apartments featuring rosewood flooring, granite counters and ceilings almost 10’ high. The block is an ideal home for professionals thanks to its central location and its turnkey lifestyle. Not only is it within walking distance of Downtown, but there is also the University of Winnipeg nearby , as well as the shops and restaurants on Corydon Avenue.

 

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6. MainStay Suites Winnipeg

This is the second hotel of the MainStay Suites brand to have opened in Canada. It is conveniently located, less than three miles from Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport and minutes from Portage and Main, one of Canada’s most famous intersections. Also nearby are local attractions such as the Exchange District National Historic Site and the MTS Centre arena, plus an abundance of shopping centres, entertainment venues and restaurants.

 

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7. Marie Rose Place

The smart new 6-storey building known as Marie Rose Place may look like an office block, but in fact it serves a rather special purpose: providing affordable housing for single mothers who are newcomers to Canada. It’s an ideal opportunity for those who rent here, offering great facilities, a safe environment, a good location, and even some peace and quiet thanks to the well-insulated suites with their floor-to-ceiling windows.

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8. 55 Windmill Way

This new condo development has a total of 46 units and is located to the west of Winnipeg near the Assiniboine River and the Perimeter Highway. The apartments come with heated parking stalls and storage lockers. Added bonuses of the building are an exercise room and common room. It is close to plenty of amenities such as shops, banks and restaurants, there are also transit options nearby, and the local green spaces include Caron Park, Augier Park and Whitesgate Park.

 

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9. 800 Dovercourt

This is a large new apartment development with a total number of 155 units and lease amounts from $1,395 to over $1,525. It has a perfect location, conveniently situated in the Linden Ridge neighbourhood, with lakes, parks and trails nearby. Shops and restaurants are also within walking distance. Plus, it’s near to transportation options that you can take you to Winnipeg’s new Investors Group Field football stadium and the James A. Richardson International Airport.

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10. Niakwa

This is a 50+ adult living community in the St. Vital district, and with its high-end finishes and open-concept floor plans it styles itself as being a step above the rest. The development has a total of 51 units, and rent for them ranges from $1,020 to over $1,455. Healthy living is prioritised here, and it is fully handicap-accessible. There is also heated underground and outdoor parking. It is a short walking distance to shops, restaurants and other amenities.

 

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