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Richardson Building

Address:1 Lombard Avenue
375 Main Street
Use:Office building/Retail/Service Complex
Original Use:Office building/Retail/Service Complex
Constructed:1967-69
Other Work:Interior renovations: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999
Architects:Smith Carter Searle
Firms:Smith Carter Searle, in association with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (New York City)
Engineers:Ripley, Klohn & Leonoff Limited
G. Granek & Associates (Mechanical)
J. Chisvan & Associates (Electrical)
Contractors:Poole Construction Limited

More Information

Designed by local architectural firm Smith Carter Searle, in association with New York City firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the Richardson Building at 1 Lombard Place (also 375 Main Street) was constructed between 1967 and 1969. The building was Winnipeg's first high-rise to reach above thirty storeys. It required structural and design innovation from both the architects and the engineers. Designated as the first phase of a larger development project at the corner of Portage and Main in Winnipeg, the surrounding buildings, and underground concourse, were constructed later. The structure was designed to allow natural light into most interior spaces. The exterior of the building has exposed columns of Manitoba granite and a meticulously landscaped courtyard. When completed the tower assumed the place which had previously been slotted to hold an earlier Richardson skyscraper project designed in the late 1920s by the head of the University of Manitoba School of Architecture Arthur A. Stoughton, a scheme scuttled by the stock collapse of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression.

Design Characteristics

  • Site: 0.922 acre (0.373 ha)
  • Plan area: 18,321 square feet (1,702.02 square metres)

Sources

  • Bowles, Sheldon. "Airline may take 5 out of 30 floors." Winnipeg Free Press. 6 December 1967.
  • Bowles, Sheldon. "Richardson Building - It's gone about as far as it can go." Winnipeg Free Press. 2 November 1968. 12.
  • Bowles, Sheldon. "Up one storey every 5 days." Winnipeg Free Press. 10 January 1968.
  • Burdeyny, Bill. "Lombard Place pilings in." Winnipeg Tribune. 2 November 1967.
  • "Ceremony tops off city's tallest tower." Winnipeg Tribune. 5 November 1968.
  • "Construction on Winnipeg's Lombard Place continues ahead of schedule." Western Construction and Building 20 8 (August 1968): 3.
  • "First two Lombard stores open." Manitoba Business Journal 6 9 (October 1970): 30.
  • "Innovation speeds Richardson construction." Manitoba Business Journal 4 5 (June/July 1968): 15-18.
  • Mardon, Harry. "Richardsons open city landmark." Winnipeg Tribune. 15 November 1969: 1-2.
  • "New look for Portage-Main." Winnipeg Tribune. 19 November 1965.
  • Newman, Peter C. "Richardsons' primacy assured." Winnipeg Free Press. 23 December 1998. A11.
  • "Richardson Building spurs construction boom." Western Construction and Building 21 3 (March 1969): 30.
  • "The Richardson Building ready for business." Manitoba Business Journal 5 9 (October 1969): 86-87.

Locations of Supporting Information

  • City of Winnipeg Archives
  • Provincial Archives of Manitoba
  • University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections

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