A building that served as the Assiniboia Municipal Hall looks set for a heritage designation.
Built in 1911, the structure at 3180 Portage Avenue is a good example of classical revival style and its exterior hasn’t changed much over the years, a city report says.
The city’s historical buildings officer said the building, which now serves as the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia, stands out on a number of levels.
"Its architects were influential in the city and its level of originality (especially on the exterior) is high," wrote Murray Peterson, Winnipeg’s historical buildings officer, in an emailed statement.
The report calls for the structure to be added to the city’s list of historical resources. The heritage status would protect its dark brick exterior, square wood columns, ornamental brickwork, and metal tube fire escape, among several other elements.
If added to the list, those elements couldn’t be changed or demolished, unless a special permit is obtained to do so.
The city owns the building and says no one has opposed the designation so far.
Winnipeg’s Historical Buildings and Resources Committee is set to vote on the status on Feb. 19.
Updated on Friday, February 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM CST: Corrects typo