Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Royal Bank Building

Address:220 Portage Avenue
Use:Royal Bank branch and offices
Original Use:Office Building
Other Work:1966, 1967, Alteration of office building
1980, 1981, 1986, 1989, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1999, Interior renovations
Architects:Smith Carter Searle Associates, Moody Moore and Partners
Contractors:Poole Construction Limited
Kildare Construction, PCL Construction, CIC Incorporated (renovations)

More Information

Designed by Smith Carter Searle Associates in association with Moody Moore Whenham & Partners, 220 Portage Avenue was constructed between 1965 and 1966. Originally built for use by the Royal Bank of Canada, the structure is still in use by the bank.

Design Characteristics

  • Plan area: 17,820 square feet (1,655.48 square metres)
  • Gross floor area: 226,923 square feet (21,081.15 square metre)
  • Built with a structural concrete frame with walls of brick and concrete block faced by precast concrete window panels, the exterior features a base of polished granite, and exposed quartz aggregate (Mo-Sai) arches Notably, the arches were constructed by Supercrete Winnipeg who also manufactured the white pre-cast concrete window units, used for the first time in a major Manitoba construction project


  • "Architectural Millwork Demand Growing – Trend is to Wood Walls and Ceilings." Western Construction and Building 19 11 (November 1967): 27-31.
  • "Bank Building Dominates District." Western Construction and Building 18 5 (May 1966): 23-25.
  • Caine, F.J. "New Building Symbolizes Growth of Royal Bank Throughout Manitoba." Manitoba Business Journal 1 3 (December/January 1964-1965): 13.
  • "Further Modernization for Winnipeg's Downtown Hub." Western Construction and Building 16 2 (February 1964): 17.
  • Doug Jansen, "New Beat for an Old City Core," Manitoba Business Journal 4 6 (June/July 1968): 43-44.
  • McGarry, Michael. "A visiting architect looks at Winnipeg." Winnipeg Tribune. 26 January 1966.
  • "New landmark will add to our city's skyline." Winnipeg Tribune. 15 February 1964. 1, 22.
  • "16-Storey Office Tower – New Home for Royal Bank." Manitoba Business Journal 1 3 (December/January 1964-1965): 10-11.
  • "Tallest office building starts." Winnipeg Tribune. 13 November 1964.
  • Western Construction and Building 17 7 (August 1965): 7.

Locations of Supporting Information

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

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