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Fairbanks-Morse Building

Address:114 Garry Street
Use:Provincial government services and offices
Original Use:Office building/warehouse
Constructed:1950; 1994-1995
Other Work:1962, 1981, 1984, 1985, 1994 and 1995, Interior alterations
1995, Addition
Architects:Green Blankstein Russell
Number Ten Architectural Group (addition)
Engineers:R. M Godse & Associates Ltd (structural)
Faraci Engineering Ltd. (plumbing and mechanical)
AGE Engineering Consultants Inc. (electrical)

More Information

Originally constructed in 1950, 114 Garry Street was designed by the successful local firm Green Blankstein and Russell. Originally commissioned by Canadian Fairbanks-Morse Co., a large scale machinery distributor, for use as a main office and warehouse, the building now serves as provincial government services offices. A significant addition, designed by Number Ten Architectural group, was undertaken between 1994 and 1995, accommodate a need for additional office space. The exterior façade of the original building features hard-burned Redcliff face brick on the east, north and south elevations; machine-dressed, smooth Tyndall stone for front entrance surrounds; steps and pilasters with granite facing below windows; stone window surrounds, and, coping on the front. The later addition by Number Ten Architectural Group remained sensitive to the original structure, using red brick with smooth Tyndall stone detailing. Expansive front facing windows are a characteristic for the original building and the addition. The design was made more contemporary by a larger, more striking entrance surrounded by Tyndall stone, with glass and aluminum paneling.

Design Characteristics

  • Site: 290 ft. frontage x 120 ft. (88.39 x 36.58m)
  • Building #1 (1950): 2 storeys with partial basement
  • Plan area: 23,900 sq. ft. (2,220.31 sq. m)
  • Gross floor area: 51,662 sq. ft. (4,799.4 sq. m)
  • Building #2 (1995): 3 storeys with no basement
  • Plan area: 9,643 sq. ft. (895.83 sq. m)
  • Gross floor area 30,959 sq. ft. (2,876.09 sq. m)

Sources

  • "Imposing Four Storey Building to be Occupied by The Canadian Fairbanks Morse Co., Ltd." Winnipeg Magazine, IX, 3 (November 1935), pp. 8-9.
  • "Plans for Buildings Hit $3,000,000 Value," Winnipeg Free Press, April 3, 1950, p. 3.
  • "Robert Morse Corporation Locates in New Quarters," Manitoba Business Journal, 2, 1(August-September 1965), pp. 40-41.

Locations of Supporting Information

  • City of Winnipeg Archives
  • Provincial Archives of Manitoba