The massive Great-West Life Assurance building on Osborne Street is proof age isn’t the only factor when it comes to qualifying as a historic structure in Winnipeg.
At 60 years old, the building is relatively young. It officially opened in June 1959. It is one of 300 structures on the City of Winnipeg’s commemorative list of historical buildings.
With its limestone and granite exterior, it was designed to be respectful of the Manitoba Legislature across the street.
We take a closer look at the five-storey structure that captures Winnipeg’s love of brutalist architecture in the mid-20th century.