Architecture Walking Tour, Winnipeg

Architecture Walking Tour (Self Guided), Winnipeg

Winnipeg is a city with rich architectural value where you can see historical buildings next to modern sky towers. The oldest district is the Exchange District where there are many buildings that date from the beginning of the 1900s. A few steps away you’ll get to Portage Avenue where there are steel and glass modern skyscrapers. Take the following walking tour to see the most interesting buildings of Winnipeg.
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Architecture Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Architecture Walking Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Winnipeg (See other walking tours in Winnipeg)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 Km or 1.7 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Grain Exchange Building
  • Richardson Building
  • Commodity Exchange Tower
  • Canwest Global Place
  • Electric Railway Chambers
  • Paris Building
  • Millennium Library
  • Manitoba Hydro Building
  • Manitoba Legislative Building
Grain Exchange Building

1) Grain Exchange Building

The Grain Exchange Building is one of the oldest landmarks of Winnipeg, located in the historical Exchange District. The building was built by architects Darling and Pearson of Toronto in an Italian Renaissance palazzo style, and the construction was erected over two years, between 1906 and 1908. Its construction was innovative at the time it was built and it was one of the tallest buildings at that period. The building has an impressive entrance above which the building’s name is presented on a limestone lintel.
Richardson Building

2) Richardson Building

The Richardson Building is an office tower. It was completed in 1969 by the Richardson family of Winnipeg and serves as the headquarters of James Richardson & Sons, Limited. The thirty-two story building stands one hundred twenty-four metres tall (407 ft), making it the second tallest building in Winnipeg. It has 637,918 square feet (59,264.5 m2) of total floor space, and is clad in pre-cast Manitoba granite and solar bronze double-glazed glass.

The building forms the anchor of the Lombard Place development, and is connected to Winnipeg Square shopping mall via the Portage and Main Concourse.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Commodity Exchange Tower

3) Commodity Exchange Tower

The Commodity Exchange Tower is the third tallest building in Winnipeg and it was built in 1979. Architect Smith Carter designed this modern 117 meter high-rise building on 360 Main Street. Today the 31-storeyed building houses offices and a shopping centre.
Canwest Global Place

4) Canwest Global Place

Canwest Global Place is the tallest building in Winnipeg and it is located at the intersection of Portage and Main Street. The building was built in 1990 by Charles Bentall Architects and is 128 meters in height, making it only 4 meters taller than Richardson Building. The building is a modern glass and steel construction that dominates all of downtown Winnipeg. The building was constructed between 1988 and 1990 by the Toronto Dominion Bank. A smaller twin building was planned but never built.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Electric Railway Chambers

5) Electric Railway Chambers

Electric Railway Chambers is one of the finest and oldest buildings in Winnipeg; it was built in 1913. The building was built by and for the Winnipeg Electric Company; it was in charge of electric streetcar utility and the city’s first hydroelectric utility. The architects designed it in a Renaissance revival style with elements of Chicago School style. The building’s façade is made of terra-cotta and 6000 electric lights are incorporated within it, making it a spectacular sight in the evening and all night long.
Paris Building

6) Paris Building

Paris Building is one of the most elegant constructions built at the beginning of the 20th century. It was built in two stages: in 1915 only 5 floors were erected and in 1917 the 6 remaining floors were finished. Winnipeg’s architects Northwood and Carey designed this beautiful building with terra cotta ornamentation. Paris Building is in the top 50 of the oldest buildings in Canada.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Millennium Library

7) Millennium Library

Millennium Library is a reconstructed Centennial Library that was the main public library in Winnipeg, known as the Centennial Library, from 1977 until 2005. In November 2005 the Millennium Library opened its doors in the heart of the city for those who were fond of reading. The building was designed by Patkau Architects and LM Architectural Group. The four storey library boasts a Local History Room, public art, information displays, a grand staircase, as well as access to the Winnipeg Walkway system. There is a small coffee and a gift shop situated in the building. The is a couple of public art installations, viewable in and around the Millennium Library.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Manitoba Hydro Building

8) Manitoba Hydro Building

Manitoba Hydro Building is one the newest high-rise buildings in Winnipeg and it was erected in 2008. The 115 meter high building is the 4th tallest building in the city and it is the most energy-saving construction in all of North America, with a solar chimney; its construction was estimated at $278 million CAD. The most modern building of Winnipeg was built by Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Architects of Toronto in 2009; it won the Best Tall Building Americas award.The building is connected to the Winnipeg Walkway system, which is as a system of 14 skyways and 7 tunnels connecting 38 buildings and allowing for a maximum protected walk of 2 km.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Manitoba Legislative Building

9) Manitoba Legislative Building (must see)

The Manitoba Legislative Building is the meeting place of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba. It was originally named the Manitoba Parliament Building.

The neoclassical building was completed in 1920 and stands seventy-seven meters tall (253 ft). It was designed and built by Frank Worthington Simon (1862-1933) and Henry Boddington III, along with other masons and many skilled craftsmen. The building is famous for the Golden Boy, a gold covered bronze statue based on the style of the Roman god Mercury, or the Greek god Hermes, at the top of the cupola, or domed ceiling.

Opening hours:

May - June 30: Monday - Friday: 9 am - 4 pm

July and August: Monday – Sunday: 9 am – 4 pm
Sight description based on Wikipedia.

Walking Tours in Winnipeg, Manitoba

Create Your Own Walk in Winnipeg

Create Your Own Walk in Winnipeg

Creating your own self-guided walk in Winnipeg is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Saint Boniface Walking Tour

Saint Boniface Walking Tour

Saint Boniface is the historic French quarter where there are many famous Winnipeg’s religious, social and historical landmarks, as well as the largest French community. Its unique architecture, cozy cafes and numerous shops will make it an unforgettable experience. Take the following walking tour to discover the most prominent landmarks of Saint Boniface in Winnipeg.

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles
Winnipeg Introduction Walking Tour

Winnipeg Introduction Walking Tour

Winnipeg, the main city of Canada's Manitoba province, is often referred to as the "Gateway to the West" for being a major transportation hub with a highly diversified economy. At the heart of the city is The Forks, a historic place marking the confluence of the Red and Assiniboine rivers; the site features warehouses turned into shops and restaurants, as well as a vast green space...  view more

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 Km or 2.8 Miles