This is an 18-point chart showing Winnipeg buildings of architectural, cultural, or social importance, all of which were bulldozed or burned out of existence between 1910 and 2012. It was impossible to include every building, but here's what it does include: names, facades, years standing, and dozens of hours of research and illustration.
Printed in an open edition via Epson Stylus Pro 3880 on Ultra Premium 192 GSM Enhanced Matte paper. Signed and dated on reverse. This print is archival.
Designer: Raymond Biesinger
Dimensions: 17 x 22"
Included in the image:
1. Eaton's Department Store (1904-2002, was the focal point of downtown Winnipeg for a century, made way for the MTS Centre)
2. Post Office & Customs Office (1886-1970s, a stout striped building of brick and stone on Main Street)
3. Second City Hall (1886-1962, has been described as a “Victorian fantasy,” one of the most ornate and beautiful demolished buildings in Canada)
4. the Market Building (1897-1964, a longtime companion to the old city hall, spent much of its life as civic offices)
5. Shanghai Restaurant (1883-2012, levelled to make a parking lot, formally named “Coronation Block”)
6. Manitoba College (1882-1964, seems like a set-piece out of “the Cabinet of Doctor Caligari”)
7. the Tribune Building (1914-1983, festooned with 14 newspaper-themed gargoyles, currently a parking lot)
8. CN Railways Office (1942-1980s, a state-of-the-art bunker on Portage, made to carry on essential telegraph and transport services in wartime)
9. McIntyre Block (1898-1979, a mixed-use block bulldozed for an office building that was never constructed)
10. Olympic Rink (1923-1968, currently the site of Olympic Towers, functioned without artificual ice until 1955)
11. Fire Hall No. 2 (1882-1941, was on the northwest corner of Smith Street and York Avenue)
12. the McArthur Building (1909-1980s, later known as the Child's Building, the tallest building ever demolished in Winnipeg)
13. the Capitol Theatre (1921-2003, the largest single-screen movie theatre ever built in the city, its original theatre was split into two in 1979)
14. Winnipeg International Airport (1961-2012, one of the finest pieces of mid-century modern architecture in North America)
15. the Regent (1912-2008, also known at different times as the Rex and the Epic)
16. Royal Alexandra Hotel (1906-1967, “the epicentre of fancy parties, dinners and other events among the Winnipeg elite”)
17. Canadian Bank of Commerce (1899-1910, dismantled in 1910, reassembled in Regina in 1912, dismantled again in the '70s, reassembled again in the '90s as four columns and a pediment in that city's Cornwall Centre mall atrium)
18. Ogilvie Flour Mill (1881-2005, a Point Douglas landmark gutted by a Halloween fire in 1997, demolished a few years later)