Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Medical Arts Parking Garage

Address:218 Edmonton Street
Use:Parking garage
Original Use:Parking garage
Architects: Smith Carter Searle and Associates
Contractors:G. A. Baert Construction Co. Ltd.

More Information

218 Edmonton Street was erected as the Medical Arts Parking Garage, supplying parking spaces for the adjacent Medical Arts Building. The structure is a distinctive presence on a quiet section of Edmonton Street, inserting a pronounced modernist character through the forceful rectilinear design of its east facade. The white pre-cast concrete fins for this building were provided by Pressur-Crete Limited, which was then located at 596 Nairn Avenue. Concrete piling for the facility was installed by Subterranean (Man.) Ltd. The garage opened on January 15, 1962, with a special promotion offered that day from Al Sommerville, British-American (B-A) petroleum dealer: a kiosk located at the parking garage's Kennedy entrance offered an hour's free parking with every $4 purchase, as well as valet parking, under the slogan "fill 'er up and park it." The six storey parking garage was designed to hold three more storeys, which haven't been constructed.

Design Characteristics

  • Modernist design
  • Vertical white concrete pre-cast fins
  • Six storeys, basement
  • Plan area: 23,900 square feet (2,220.31 square metres)
  • Gross floor area: 167,300 square feet (15,542.17 square metres)
  • Number of parking stalls: 386


  • "Medical Arts Building," Western Canada Contractor & Builder, 20, 1 (January 1923): 22.
  • "Medical Arts Plans 7-floor Auto Park," Winnipeg Tribune, December 5, 1960. 7.

Locations of Supporting Information

  • City of Winnipeg Archives
  • Provincial Archives of Manitoba