Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Aidan Conkling Building

Address:2574 Portage Avenue
Architects:Pratt Lindgren Snider Tomcej and Associates

More Information

2574 Portage Avenue was built in 1974 as the central office building for the St. James-Assiniboia School Division No. 2. Its architects were Pratt Lindgren Snider Tomcej Architects, a local firm with a modernist inclination. Like many buildings by the firm, 2574 Portage Avenue is a low and wide structure. It features vertically oriented Tyndall stone cladding set on a concrete base. Adding interest is an inset sheltered entryway adorned with a section of diagonally set wood – a detail popular in the 1970s. A sense of transparency typifies the building's lobby, which possesses full-height views to the south and north.

Design Characteristics

  • Low and wide silhouette
  • Vertically oriented Tyndall stone cladding
  • Inset sheltered entryway
  • Diagonally set wood