Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Dental Arts Building

Address:225 Vaughan Street
Original Use:Dental Arts Building
Architects:Lloyd Finch & Associates
Firms:Lloyd Finch & Associates
Engineers:Erwin Weiszman (Consulting Engineer)
Halls Associates Manufacturing
Contractors:Benjaminson Construction Co. Ltd.

Design Characteristics

  • Originally 225 Vaughan Street showcased pre-cast concrete panels with a smooth finish for a clean contemporary look. The "Medusa White," finish is a name brand of portland cement, a non-staining durable product sold by Medusa Products Company of Canada in Paris, Ontario
  • The building is quite narrow and long, 38 by 120 feet and six storeys high, on a site that is flanked on either side with apartment blocks.
  • Glass block was used in the original structure, but has been replaced with clear glazing. Originally the only ornamentation was a stencilled medical symbol on the south side above the tree-tops, serpents twined over a winged staff.
  • The retail portion of the ground floor has an entrance centred between large display windows, with the office entrance and service corridor on the far south sideEvery side of the building has windows.
  • Recent exterior alterations include the removal of pre-cast concrete decorative screens, and the installation of new windows in their stead.
  • The remaining visible facade has been painted a deep red colour.