Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



285 Portage Avenue

Formerly:Lindy's on Portage
Address:285 Portage Avenue
Use:The Tipsy Cow Restaurant
Original Use:Confectionary and offices
Firms:Commonwealth Construction Co. Ltd.
Engineers:Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd.
Contractors:Commonwealth Construction Co. Ltd.

More Information

Constructed between 1946 and 1947, 285 Portage Avenue initially opened as a confectionary with offices. A steel frame was used in it's construction as well as a reinforced concrete piers and concrete slabs. The facade has a recessed entrance which is flanked by large display windows. The entire building is set on a base of polished black granite and Vitrolite. While the side elevations are clad in a common brick, the facade is clad in buff Tyndall stone which helps tie the building to it's much older surroundings.

Design Characteristics

  • Plan area: 1,658 sq. ft (154.03 sq. m)
  • Gross floor area: 3,316 sq. ft. (308.06 sq. m)
  • Reinforced concrete piers on footings, side beams, reinforced concrete floor slabs with cement finish, and cement plastered walls
  • Steel frame, reinforced concrete slab second floor and roof, 20 year bonded felt and gravel roofing, and concrete coping and sills
  • Front facade composed of a recessed and angled main door, flanked by display windows, black polished granite and Vitrolite along the base
  • Buff Tyndall stone on the upper sections, wood and glass door in metal frame with plate glass windows in aluminum glazing on the upper storey, a double glazed, plate glass opening with double hung side sashes, rear and side elevations of common brick
  • Steel rear door with steel reinforcement in the surrounds, large second storey plate glass opening with side lights