Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

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Buildings

Best Western Hotel

Address:330 York Avenue
Use:Hotel
Original Use:Hotel
Other Work:1960, 1969, Addition
1990, 1996, 1997, 1998, Interior renovations
Architects:Waisman Ross & Associates
Firms:Waisman Ross & Associates
Contractors:A. Akman & Son Co. Ltd.

More Information

Designed by architects Waisman and Ross, 330 York Avenue was built between 1959 and 1960. Similar to other hotels of this era, including the Gordon Downtowner and the Quest Inn, the building features west-facing exterior balconies, a patio restaurant, swimming pool and ample parking.

Design Characteristics

  • 1959 building: 4 storeys, 72 rooms
  • 1960 building: 1 storey, 24 rooms (96 units total)
  • Plan area: 8,154 sq. ft. (757.51 sq. m)
  • Gross floor area: 55,570 sq. ft. (5,162.45 sq. m)
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  • The five storey motel is constructed using a protected steel frame and infill masonry walls faced with brick
  • The restaurant portion of the building is faced in smooth, machine-dressed Tyndall stone

Sources

  • "Charterhouse Motor Hotel," Greater Winnipeg Industrial Topics, 20, 4 (April 1960), p. 3.
  • "First Hotel in Twenty Years," Western Construction and Building, 10, 10 (October 1958), pp. 5-6.
  • Mary Ann FitzGerald, "Tax-loaded business cries it's had enough," Winnipeg Free Press, September 1, 1992, p. C26.
  • Greater Winnipeg Industry Topics, 18, 9 (November 1958), pp. 10-11.
  • "Luxury Motel Opens," Western Construction and Building, 12, 5 (May 1960), p. 34.
  • "Motels-Hotels-Apartments-Restaurants," Greater WInnipeg Industrial Topics, 22, 2 (March 1962), no pp.
  • "Our Hotel Accomodation is Growing By 200 Rooms a Year," Greater Winnipeg Industrial Topics, 25, 1 (February 1965), p. 4.
  • "Syndicate to Build $1 Million Hotel in Downtown Winnipeg," Winnipeg Tribune, October 15, 1958, p. 25.
  • "Winnipeg's Charter House - Part of World Wide Organization," Manitoba Business Journal, 2, 5 (April/May 1966), p. 111.

Locations of Supporting Information

  • City of Winnipeg Archives
  • Provincial Archives of Manitoba, MMP Architects
  • University of Manitoba Libraries, Department of Archives and Special Collections, Winnipeg Tribune Subject Clipping Research Files