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Executive House

Formerly:Executive House
Address:390 Wellington Crescent
Use:Condominium
Original Use:Apartments
Constructed:1959-60
Architects:Les Stechesen
Firms:Libling Michener and Associates
Contractors:Winnipeg Construction Company

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Twelve identical two-bedroom suites (six units per floor, on two levels) overlook the residential neighbourhood of Crescentwood. The surrounding gardens, also visible from each unit through generous glazing on both the east and west elevations, retain the character and integrity of their original 1960 design.

The building is compact and angled on its site. The superstructure is constructed of site-cast reinforced concrete with a steel joist floor system. This structural frame is clearly expressed and legible from the building's exterior, and is finished in Tyndall limestone cladding and exposed structural concrete.

Interior divisions are of concrete block, with cast-on-site concrete floors. Each unit is 950 square feet, divided into five rooms, with a small private balcony, and each was originally fitted with a masonry fireplace. At the time of construction modern interior finishing included wood panelling and plaster. "This small building proves that a 12-suite apartment on a small site can be an elegant contribution to downtown living and to the city's appearance." (Canadian Architect, December 1964)

Recognition and Awards

  • Silver Medal, Massey Awards for Architecture 1961

Design Characteristics

  • 12 Identical units in two storeys over a raised basement
  • Parking on grade located beneath structure
  • Originally designed as an apartment building, the units became condominiums in the 1990s.
  • The design is spare, with the structural frame clearly evident on the building's exterior.
  • Executive house is an early Winnipeg example of siting parking on grade, below the building.

Sources

  • Canadian Architect 6 11 (November 1961): 6.
  • Canadian Architect 9 12 (December 1964): 88.
  • Canadian Architect 15 5 (May 1970): 47-8.
  • Canadian Builder 15 12 (December 1961): 38-39, 47.
  • Canadian Builder 13 2 (February 1963): 17.
  • Canadian Builder 18 6 (June 1968): 49-51.
  • Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Journal 38 11 (November 1961): 56.
  • "Apartments Curb Move to Suburbs." Winnipeg Tribune. 9 December 1961.
  • Serena Keshavjee, ed. Winnipeg Modern Architecture 1945 -1975, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2007. 42-3.

Links & Related Buildings

  • Grovesnor House, located just to the east of Executive House was also constructed by Libling Michener and Associates the following year, in 1962.
  • http://www.winnipegarchitecture.ca/811-grosvenor-avenue/