Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Foster Marks Building

Formerly:Western Savings and Loan
Address:280 Smith Street
Use:Office building
Original Use:Head office, Western Saving and Loan
Other Work:1957, Four storey addition to existing office
1988, 1988 (Ed Sanwell of Kona Construction), 1989, 1990, 1993, Interior renovations
Architects:Moody & Moore
Firms:Moody & Moore
Contractors:Pearson Construction Co. Ltd. (Addition)
Barcliffe Investment Ltd. (Developer)

Design Characteristics

  • Barcliffe Investments retained Moody and Moore architects to plan a major expansion of their building at 280 Smith Street in 1957
  • To its original two storeys were added three more plus an elevator and stair wing
  • The exterior was altered as well, leaving little of the look of the 1950 Western Savings and Loan
  • The elevator section is set back slightly, and its window levels do not line up with the main building
  • At the base of the northern section is the main entrance which gives the impresion of two long tall buildings being pushed together in a crowded streetscape
  • The exterior dimensions of the two sections are the same, 51 feet wide by 117 feet deep
  • Pearson Construction Company added three storeys in 1957, which included sinking new caissons for the elevator shafts, steel framing and poured concrete decks