Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

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Osborne Village Inn

Formerly:Champ's Motor Inn
Address:160 Osborne Street
Use:Hotel and restaurant
Original Use:Hotel and restaurant
Constructed:1965
Architects:Waisman Ross Blankstein Coop Gillmor Hanna (now (now Number Ten Architectural Group)
Contractors:Kraft Construction Limited

More Information

160 Osborne Street, currently known as the Osborne Village Inn, was first opened in June of 1965 as Champ's Motor Inn. Developed at a cost of $900,000, the hotel featured a restaurant with the name The Cock N' Bull, marketed as the only Winnipeg steak house to cook using charcoal rather than gas heat. An adjacent casual eatery operated under the name The Celebrity Room. The building's opening was marked by a week of evening performances by English singing pianist Idris Evans. Three storeys tall, the design of the building by architects Waisman Ross Coop Blankstein Gillmor Hanna is modern in character; visual interest was added through the use of patterned block near the building's front entrance. The project's developer was Oscar Gruber, a local franchiser of Kentucky Fried Chicken (known locally as Champ's) who opened his first city drive-in outlet at the corner of Notre Dame Avenue and Sherbrook Street in 1959, with an opening attended by Colonel Sanders and city notables.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Osborne Village
  • Modernist design
  • Brown brick cladding
  • Patterned concrete block
  • Flat roof
  • Projecting vertical concrete fins
  • Entryway protected by concrete overhang