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Window Park

Address:355 Portage Avenue
Use:Public park
Constructed:1985
Architects:Stechesen Katz
Landscape Architects:Lombard North

More Information

Located in front of the Air Canada building on Portage Avenue, Window Park (originally called Window on Air Canada) was designed by the architecture firm Stechesen Katz, with landscape architects from the firm Lombard North. The park was built at a cost of $495,000. Its centre features a fountain surrounded on one side by a pergola covered in pink tiles (the pink has faded). Pieces from demolished buildings in Winnipeg were placed in the park: the limestone columns near the fountain were originally from the Northern Crown Bank Building and the cast-iron column came from the now-demolished McIntyre Block. The park opened to mixed reviews. Local artist Tony Tascona was quoted as saying: "it looks like some architected wanted to play artist."

In 2018, THIS PLACE on Treaty 1 Territory & the homeland of the Métis Nation—a major public art public project—opened in the park. Artists included Rebecca Belmore, Osvaldo Yero, Kenneth Lavallee, Julie Nagam, and Rolande Souliere.

Design Characteristics

  • Features fragments of demolished historical structures that were located in Winnipeg's core area.

Sources

  • "Eye Opener," Winnipeg Free Press, October 4, 1984