There's a fantastic new collection of Winnipeg photos by Colin Kent at the following site:
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Winnipeg's economy is highly diverse, based on government, financial services, light manufacturing, transportation, and agribusiness.
While the city has had a hard time keeping up with Calgary, which has replaced it as the business centre of the west, it is generally a mildly prosperous place. The business district has improved considerably in the last 10 years and most of the warehouse space is now taken up. It is a great location for artists and high tech/new economy business and has begun to attract such tenants in considerable numbers.
Nevertheless, Winnipeg's best days were 1895-1920 and its architecture definitely reflects this fact.
Thanks for the photo collection. The round arches at the Forks Market were for horses' stalls, as it was a large horse barn, by the way. I believe it was also designed by NYC's Warren & Wetmore, somewhat surprisingly. And the architects for the Marlborough Hotel were James Chisholm & Son, if I remember correctly. The neo-Egyptian theme, which is actually one of the best uses of terra cotta in the city, is on the Birks Jewellers building on Portage Avenue. Birks is Canada's best-known jewelry chain but has long since vacated its downtown location in Winnipeg. The 1905 Eaton's Department store, once billed as the largest in the Empire, is completely demolished as of this past weekend.