Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

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Buildings

323-329 Portage Avenue

Formerly:Dayton Building
Address:323-329 Portage Avenue
Original Use:Mixed commercial
Constructed:1955
Other Work:1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1993, 1995, Interior alterations
Architects:Green Blankstein Russell
Contractors:Claydon Company Limited

More Information

The Dayton Building was among the earliest curtain wall structures in Winnipeg, demonstrating a notably modern trend in architectural design. Over its life the building has housed a variety of small commercial tenants as well as bar and restaurant occupants.

Design Characteristics

  • Plan area: 10,586 square feet (983.44 square metres)
  • Gross floor area: 53,066 square feet (4,929.83 square metres)
  • Curtain wall
  • Original sales floor over twenty feet high
  • Initially contained restaurant in the basement

Sources

  • Great Winnipeg Industrial Topics 15 3 (April 1955). 4.
  • University of Manitoba, Microfilm #32, file on "Construction 1937-1962.", "Here's what's happening in Winnipeg - Gateway to the West," Winnipeg Tribune, Construction Supplement, June 18, 1955 and "Winnipeg Area Leads Nation - '55 Accomplishments." Winnipeg Tribune. 31 December 1955.
  • University of Manitoba, Microfilm #42, file on "Daytons 1955."
  • "Winnipeg Building." Western Construction and Building, 7, 3 (March 1955), pp. 4, 7.
  • "Work in Progress - Millon Dollar Office Building," Western Construction and Building 7 6 (June 1955): 16, 18.
  • Winnipeg Core Area Initiative, Final Status Report: Program Activities to September 30, 1987 under the 1981-1986 Core Area Agreement.

Locations of Supporting Information

  • City of Winnipeg Archives