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Roy M. Lev

  • 1930 - 2010

Biography

Born in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan on March 29, 1930, Roy Lev attended Luxton School and St. John's High School in Winnipeg’s North End before attending the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba, from which he graduated in 1953. Following his architectural training, Lev enjoyed a a successful practice for two decades, before joining the Lakeview Properties development corporation as a partner. At the University, Lev’s thesis model was of a future home for the Winnipeg Free Press newspaper, as well as a design for the studios of local broadcaster CKRC. Amongst the building’s which Lev created during his architectural work of the fifties and sixties is the original section of the Viscount Gort hotel, at Portage Avenue and Madison Street, of 1960. This scheme featured a modernist design of modular boxes staggered into the triangular site; the projects developer was also that of Lev’s earlier Falcon Lake motel project. Lev was also responsible for the conversion of the Roxy Theatre on Henderson Highway from a theatre into a bowling alley.

One of Lev’s largest proposed projects was 831 Portage Avenue; the project as built is a four-storey office block in a late modernist vein. However, this section was originally designed to be the first phase of three part construction project which also included a 19-storey hotel to be known as the Broadway Inn. Lev later established Jegray Development, a corporation responsible for numerous apartment and commercial properties throughout the city. Lev was also engaged in numerous community roles. Lev was President of the Riverside Lions Club of St. Vital, Norwood and St. Boniface during the early 1960s. During the 1980s, Lev served as Director of the Winnipeg Blue Bomber Football Club. From 1988 to 1990, Lev was the President of the Board of Directors for the Seven Oaks General Hospital Foundation. During this time, Roy was furthermore amongst the Directors of crown corporation Ports Canada.

Projects

  • 824 Brock Street, 1959
  • El-Nor Motel, Falcon Lake, 1959
  • Viscount Gort Hotel, 1670 Portage Avenue, 1960
  • 811 Oak Street, 1961
  • Dakota Motor Hotel, 1969
  • National Promotions Offices, 1507 Inkster Boulevard, 1969
  • Dover Place, 800 Corydon Avenue, 1969
  • Canadian Admiral Corporation, 1170 St. James Street, 1970
  • 831 Portage Avenue, 1970

Sources

  • Winnipeg Architecture: Oral History Project, Architectural Practitioners 1945-1975
  • “19-Storey Complex Planned For City.” Winnipeg Free Press. 25 August 1970.
  • “Advertisement: El-Nor Motel.” Winnipeg Free Press. 25 June 1959.
  • “An official opening.” Winnipeg Free Press. 9 September 1969.
  • “Elks Buy Old Osborne Theatre.” Winnipeg Free Press. 29 October 1953.
  • “Forty Years of Students’ Work To Be Displayed At U. Of M. When Architecture Holds Open House.” Winnipeg Free Press. 30 October 1953.
  • “Hotel Goes Ahead At Bridge Approach.” Winnipeg Free Press. 2 December 1959.
  • “The National Promotions Ltd. building.” Winnipeg Free Press. 13 May 1969.
  • Bletcher, Mary. “Making Every Square Foot Count.” Winnipeg Free Press. 22 September 1962.
  • Bletcher, Mary. “A Wide Lot Suits A Wide Home.” Winnipeg Free Press. 3 November 1962.
  • Lewys, Todd. “Still Young at 47: Open Design Gives Home Ageless Quality.” Winnipeg Free Press. 12 December 2009.
  • Newman, Roger. “Jottings from the Business World.” Winnipeg Free Press. 3 September 1960.
  • Newman, Roger. “Moving: Three couples tell why they're changing addresses.” Winnipeg Free Press. 27 May 1989.
  • Swann, Noel. “$3 Million To Be Spent On Hotel Buildings Here.” Winnipeg Free Press. 27 June 1964.