|Address:||286 Smith Street|
|Original Use:||Mixed Commercial|
|Other Work:||1963, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1972, 1975, 1977, 1981, 1990, Renovations|
|Architects:||Macleod Reimer and Webster|
|Contractors:||G.A. Baert Construction Co. |
Credit Foncier Franco-Canadien (Developer)
Described at the time of its opening as a “new ultra modern” facility, 286 Smith Street was a strikingly contemporary addition to Winnipeg downtown’s in the early 1960s. Built by Credit Foncier Franco-Canadien, a large financial Franco-Canadian firm founded in Quebec during the 1880s, the building was designed by the firm of Macleod Reimer and Webster. Its design represents a mix of luxe materials, balance and a modern energy conveyed in subtle details such as the angled Tyndall limestone façade sections. Beyond Tyndall limestone (sourced by Garson Limestone Company Limited, of Winnipeg) the Smith Street elevation features richly toned charcoal American marble and gold anodized aluminum window frames. The building was constructed by G.A. Baert Construction, with piles and cassons fabricated by Subterranean (Canada) Ltd. The $700,000, 28,000 square foot structure was officially opened on 6 December 1963 by Manitoba premier Duff Roblin.