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Viscount Gort Motor Hotel

Address:1670 Portage Avenue
Constructed:1960
Architects:Roy Lev

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Architect Roy Lev's scheme for the original design of this building featured a modernist design of modular box-like forms staggered across a triangular site. Clad in brick, the building featured an exposed concrete structural grid and extensive glazing. The project was named for the Irish-English Seventh Viscount Gorth, Robert Standish Gage Prendergast Vereker Gort. Gort first visited Winnipeg in 1911 and in 1917 purchased six acres of St. James-Assiniboia, land on which the motor hotel was later developed.

Design Characteristics

  • Modular box-like forms
  • Exposed concrete structural grid and extensive glazing