|Address:||1 Lombard Avenue|
375 Main Street
|Use:||Office building/Retail/Service Complex|
|Original Use:||Office building/Retail/Service Complex|
|Other Work:||Interior renovations: 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999|
|Architects:||Smith Carter Searle|
|Firms:||Smith Carter Searle, in association with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (New York City)|
|Engineers:||Ripley, Klohn & Leonoff Limited|
G. Granek & Associates (Mechanical)
J. Chisvan & Associates (Electrical)
|Contractors:||Poole Construction Limited|
Designed by local architectural firm Smith Carter Searle, in association with New York City firm Skidmore Owings and Merrill, the Richardson Building at 1 Lombard Place was constructed between 1967 and 1969. It was designated as the first phase of a larger development project at the corner of Portage and Main. The surrounding building and underground concourse were constructed later.
The Richardson Building was Winnipeg’s first high-rise to reach above 30 storeys. It required structural and design innovation from both the architects and the engineers. The structure was erected quickly, its rapid progress a result of new construction innovations which had been used in major North American cities, but were new to Winnipeg.
The structure was designed to allow natural light into most interior spaces, with wide sweeping views for many of the occupants. The exterior of the building has exposed columns of Manitoba granite, which provide the building with a graceful and vertical expression. The exterior also features a meticulously landscaped courtyard.
At the time of construction, the structure's primary function was to serve as the head office of James Richardson & Sons, Limited and some of its affiliated companies. Other prominent businesses that occupied space in the building included Air Canada, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and Federal Grain Limited. When completed, the tower assumed the place which had previously been slotted to hold an earlier Richardson skyscraper project designed in the late 1920s by Arthur A. Stoughton, head of the University of Manitoba’s School of Architecture. The earlier plan had been scuttled by the stock collapse of 1929 and the ensuing Great Depression.