|Formerly:||Winnipeg Centre Car Park|
|Address:||170 McDermot Avenue|
|Original Use:||Parking garage|
|Architects:||Waisman Ross & Associates|
|Contractors:||Peter Leitch Construction Ltd.|
Located at Rorie and McDermot Avenue, in Winnipeg's Exchange District, this five-storey (with an additional partially recessed subterranean level) free-standing parkade was built to house 294 vehicles. Prominently featured in a 1965 advertisement from Canada Cement Company Ltd., the structure was constructed of site-cast reinforced concrete.
Initially, parking garages were designed and constructed similar to warehouses and other inhabitable structures, later evolving into a system of open decks and ramps more closely aligned to the design and construction of lightweight bridges. The relatively large interior open spans in this garage illustrate this shift.
170 McDermot Avenue has two distinct, yet connected masses; a separate curved ramp connects internally to a more horizontally-driven parking structure. The building is large in proportion, utilitarian in character and unornamented.