The Civic Centre Complex (1961 – 1966)
History: When it came time to replace the old city hall the plan went from just a city hall to an entire Civic Centre Complex. The idea was to bring together a growing city administration under one roof in a series of buildings.
The process began in 1961 with the construction of a
Renewal Goals: Originally envisioned for Broadway, the Province “persuaded the city to reconsider the location and put it back in the heart of the warehouse district. As a tool of urban renewal, and together with the plans for a new Concert Hall it was seen as a necessary rejuvenating influence for the area” (Siamandas)
Area torn down: The footprint was larger than the existing city hall and police station. It included the
It also took in a full city block to the north of the old city hall. In the above photo it is the block to the left.
Influence as an urban renewal tool to the surrounding area: Nil. Derelict buildings and some of the sketchiest bars, SRO’s and other living accommodations continued to exist right on the doorstep of city hall four decades later.
Price tag: Phase 1 $8.2m. Phase 2 $4.8m. Total $13m.
Panorama from 1950s showing location of Civic Centre and
Part 2: Manitoba Centennial Centre
Part 3: Portage Place
Part 4: The MTS Centre
Part 5: Conclusion