Monday, 30 November 2009

Happy Birthday Free Press & Dream a Dream !

On Nov 30, 1872 the first Manitoba Free Press rolled off the presses !

Oh, and from the good things can happen to good people category ... a life filled with adversity, including the downside of media-fuelled fame:

Susan Boyle claims number one spot with biggest debut album in UK history
Scottish Daily Record 30 November 2009

Saturday, 28 November 2009

The More Things Change: Cycling Paths in Winnipeg

This is a look back at the early days of cycling in Winnipeg and an example of how some issues change little over time.

Here are some 1900 biking terms as used by the media of the day. Bicycles were referred to as "wheels". Cyclists were referred to as "wheelmen" or " wheelwomen". The term for an arsehole cyclist was "scorcher", i.e. "It's the scorchers who cause a danger to everyone on the paths." A bike thief was a "'picker". A "wheel" meant a bike ride !

Click on the images for sources !

Edward L. Drewry and Frederick W. Drewry

March 29, 1899, Morning Telegraph

The first group dedicated to cycle paths was the 1898 "Cycle Path Association" which brought together an impressive lineup of prominent citizens.

Its first president was Frederick W. Drewry, an avid cyclist. He believed in the positive benefits of  benefits of outdoor life inside a city, regardless of one's walk of life. So did his brother Edward, who was chair of the first parks board and is credited with establishing many of Winnipeg's first parks from tot lots to St. John's and Central Park. 

The executive committee of the association met each Friday night at 8 pm in the curlers' area of the Criterion Hotel restaurant on McDermot Avenue. it had its work cut out for it. In a rapidly growing city where newcomers sometimes resorted to living in tents cities until housing and other services caught up to them, paths for cyclng were not high on the city's agenda.

Many roads were little more than dirt trails ravaged by cart wheels and the annual freeze-thaw. Even on roads that were maintained, little thought was given to creating a smooth finish to the outside of the curb lane. Often, it was a place to pile construction debris and items that fell, or broke, off of passing carts. Telephone and hydro poles were often haphazardly installed along the roadside where cyclists wanted to travel.

In their first year of operation the Cycle Path Association spent nearly $800 on basic infrastructure for paths and another $300 on related greenery. They also lobbied the city and provincial governments for better standards and guidelines for paths and bike lanes.

The long-term goal was to see separated, 14-foot wide paths with gas lighting throughout the city and marked paths that extended out to to Selkirk, Birds Hill and St. Norbert.

May 20, 1899, Manitoba Free Press

Most of the start-up money came from donations and later that year from the selling of 50 cent 'membership badges'. The thought behind the badge, as introduced at their March 1899 meeting:

"With thousands of wheelmen and wheelwomen in the city it was thought that much in the way of improving roads and constructing paths could be done if those interested could be induced to act in unity, and at a very small cost to any one person."
Manitoba Free Press, March 24, 1899

Aside from improving conditions for cyclists, the badge would also act as a combination licence plate / CAA-style membership. If a bike was stolen or being driven improperly, you could track it using the badge number. Badge owners were entitled to discounts at certain businesses and could offer a reimbursable reward of $10 for information leading to the conviction of someone caught stealing a bicycle or $5 for someone caught stealing part of a bicycle such as a bell, basket, pump or wheel (source).

Cyclists ca. 1900 (click images for source)

The year 1900 was a big one for the Cycle Path Association.

A number of trails were in progress or set to be worked on: Kennedy Street to Osborne Street Bridge; at the CPR tracks on Main Street; on Silver Heights Road; from the foot of the Norwood Street bridge; from the CPR to St. John's College in the North End.

Also that year, the association sought to institutionalize the "bicycle tag" which would effectively bring an end to their organization. They realized that to have any real impact on creating cycle paths, the tag and its fee would have to be applied to all cyclists in the city, not just their members. The scheme was similar to what Minneapolis had done the year before: a mandatory bike fee.

The next general meeting of the association was on April 12, 1900 at the Council Chambers of city hall. It was noted by the Telegram that only 19 people showed up. Here, the committee presented their cycle tag plan to the public.

April 13, 1900, Morning Telegraph

The debate at that meeting, as well as in the newspapers in the days that followed, is similar to what you would expect to see today. 

Some felt that they already paid enough taxes, so why should they have to pay more ? Others said that they were being discriminated against, as taxing all bikes was unfair to those who used them to get to work and back on existing roadways, not for pleasure rides on fancy trails. On the opposite side, it was argued that such a move was a necessary move to allow for the work that had already gathered momentum to continue.

Drewry defended the path system, pointing out that it was not going to be just a network of pleasure paths, they were intended to accompany major traffic routes and go into industrial areas of the city as well. He gave as an example Logan Avenue which would have a separated path running down each side "
...so that the working man could go to his work on them.... In twenty-five trips he could save, by (street) car fares, the price of the tax". Another association member pointed out that if all bicycles were licensed "...then when a hunch backed scorchers came along at a pace dangerous to everyone, his number could be taken and the owner fined."

In the end, the committee approved a motion to approach council with the tag idea.

The next day the Morning Telegram scoffed at the thought that the city's 8,000 cyclists would bother to pay a 'tax' but did concede that they were not getting treated equally by the city. Actually, reading the Telegram's editorial about the debate it could have been written in 2009 !

The debate moved on to city council but a motion to create a Cycle Path Board failed in 1900 and again in early 1901. A second attempt in 1901, with a simplified version of the scheme, worked. 

On April 15, 1901 council voted to create a cycle path board, similar to the parks board. It would be provided with a small office at city hall, a special constable to enforce bylaws and the authority to spend the fees collected from the cycle tag on improve cycling in Winnipeg - an expected income of $3500 per year.

The board members included the likes of T. G. Mathers, F. W. Drewry, A. M. Gossell, W.G. Bell, G.F. Bryan and a council members Alderman Caruthers.

With that vote the original Cycle Path Association effectively ceased to exist.

1902 tag. For more see manitobaplates.com

The sale of tags went well but took some work. In 1902, 6,300 badges were issued. That rose to 8,370 in 1903. Not bad, considering that the board estimated there to be around 10,000 cyclists in the city.

In 1904 sales lagged. By April only 4,500 badges had been sold. The board decided to hire Thistle Curling Club skip L. R. Mackenzie on a part-time basis to free up Special Constable Beggs to "...be freed from the office to round up dilatory wheel owners and other delinquents against the laws of Winnipeg regarding fast riding, travelling on sidewalks and other overt acts against the public safety" (source).

It worked. By the end of the cycling season 1904, a record 8541 tags were sold and 200 stolen bikes were recovered.

Morning Telegram, December 31, 1906

The committee continued on the creation and maintenance of cycle paths through to the summer of 1906. That year city council made the decision to begin the wide-scale paving of roadways. Pavement made the need for much of the board's work redundant. It was felt that the trails they had built from scratch, being mostly on city owned greenspace, could be handled by the parks board. The Cycle Path Board dissolved itself.

One thing that wasn't dissolved was the bicycle tag. The city maintained the tag and fee until 1982.

Warren and Mary Beggs in 1943

Warren Beggs was the Special Constable hired to enforce cycling rules, dubbed the "Terror of the Scorchers". His job ended with the dissolution of the cycling committee in 1906 but continued with police work and was the chief of the St. James police department form 1908 to 1920. 

After retiring from policing, the Northern Ireland native went back to work for various departments within the city and retired in 1946. Beggs, a resident of Atlantic Avenue, died in King Edward Hospital on September 29, 1957 at the age of 91.

More about Beggs and his work enforcing the city's cycling rules can be read here and here.

Wheeling past debris, McDermot Ave c.1900

Friday, 27 November 2009

Tweed Ride, Anyone ?

Back during Winnipeg's first Ciclovia I started to research the early history of cycling in Winnipeg. I forgot about that draft post until buflyer sent me this link looking to create a Winnipeg Tweed Ride in 2010 (there's also a facebook page).

Tweed rides were held last year in a number of cities including Sydney, London, Boston, Washington and San Francisco. Great idea, I'm in !

I'll post the early cycling history for the weekend !

Thursday, 26 November 2009

A Park Worthy of Downtown ?

I see that renovations to Millennium Library Park are set to begin. That's great news.

For pics of the park see my post of last year. For it's huge amount of open land our Downtown boasts very few places to sit and read, have lunch or what have you.

I can't wait until 2011 when the park is set to reopen !

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Cool 3D Flu Virus Images !

Above is one of the 3D Graphical Representations of a Generic Influenza Virus put out by the CDC today !

Kinda cool !

Cool, but what about cute ?

You can give your entire family the flu for Christmas this year. How about
gonnorhea to that special someone ? Maybe ebola to your boss ?!

Streetcar Hunting !

This month's display on the main floor of the Millennium Library is dedicated to Winnipeg's streetcar history. Check it out !
Streetcar Display

Streetcar Display
It's been an interesting few months for the Heritage Winnipeg Streetcar Committee.

The only remaining intact streetcar is believed to be 356, currently owned by Heritage Winnipeg and in storage at the Winnipeg Rail Museum at the Winnipeg Rail Museum.
Streetcar 356
Some other remnants have been known about for years such as one in a pasture near Inwood and a couple that made it out to cottage country and converted to cabins.

Earlier this summer a public appeal went out in the Southman area for streetcars and the resulting news coverage yielded some interesting results.

Tips on a few new cars came in and Steven Sothers, who has been nicknamed the Streetcar Hunter, has followed up the leads and shares the finds here.

Though many of the cars are in worse shape than 356 the broken down bodies do yield clues as to construction techniques and some missing parts.


Piece of Wpg history found in Winkler's backyard
The Winkler Times 15 Oct 2009

Hunting for ancient streetcar treasure
Winkler Times September 2009

Desire to Restore Streetcar

Winnipeg Free Press 8 Aug 2009

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Is there enough child poverty to go around ?

I guess so.

Same day. Same country. Same story. Different provinces ?

BC child poverty rates worst in the land
Prince George Citizen
BC continues to be the worst province for child poverty, according to the 2009 Child Poverty Report Card released today.

Manitoba child poverty capital
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba is once again the child poverty capital of Canada says a report card issued by the Social Planning Council of Winnipeg today.

Promising News on a Killer Disease

Today from the U.N. perhaps some promising news on the HIV/AIDS front.

In their 2009 AIDS Update the U.N. is reporting data that shows the disease may have peaked in 1996 and that the rate of infection has remained unchanged since 2007.

There are still some grim numbers, though:

33.4 million people are living with HIV worldwide
- 2.7 million people were newly infected in 2008
- 2 million people died of AIDS related illness in 2008

Sub-Saharan Africa is still the hotspot accounting for 71% of new HIV infections in 2008.
Eastern Europe, though, is expected to be the focus of new infections in the coming years. Cases have been steadily increasing fueled by injection drug use and the fact that 50% to as many as 79% of cases are yet to be diagnosed.

Western Europe is not out of the woods as gay males in the U.K. are seeing a spike in numbers. North American numbers have remained steady at 1.4m.

"The good news is that we have evidence that the declines we are seeing are due, at least in part, to HIV prevention.... However, the findings also show that prevention programming is often off the mark and that if we do a better job of getting resources and programmes to where they will make most impact, quicker progress can be made and more lives saved"
Michel Sidibe, Executive Director of UNAIDS

Not part of today's U.N report but specific to Canada, populations of concern include the over 50 crowd, gay men in B.C. and Canadian Aboriginal populations. In 2006 58,000 Canadians were living with HIV/AIDS.


Eight-year trend shows new HIV infections down
U.N. News Release 24 Nov 2009

- Links to UN Report including Graphics and Interactive Map

HIV infections and deaths fall as drugs have impact
BBC Nov 24, 2009

Monday, 23 November 2009

Moaning About My Mo'

Not sure how many of the guys, or ladies to be inclusive, have been doing the Movember mo' thing.

I gave it a shot. Not bad. I'll often grow a beard in winter so I knew that it would come in fairly well. I'm not a huge fan, though. I tried handlebars drooping down the side which looked kinda cool but it was more work that I thought.

Beards, especially the stubbly kind, are like a wild field. You can pretty much leave them on their own and, with minimal general maintenance, they're good to go. A 'stache of the handlebar variety, however, requires some attention and good hand eye co-ordination to keep the width and length of each bar the same. Being a morning shaver, but not a morning person, the handlebar portion has whittled away in failed attempts to even them out. The result is a fairly standard "dad" looking 'stache.

Thank goodness Movember is only one month long. Another few weeks and I'd be sporting a Hitler-style moustache.

Mo - mo -moustache party !
I saw this in the Village - a moustache party at Ragpickers ! There are apparently others out there as well to celebrate the end of Movember. Me and my whittled away upper lip can't wait for it to end !!

Because, deep down, we're prairie folk ...

...and prairie folk support prairie folk. Go Riders.

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Chaplin's Back In Town !

I couldn't make last week's Gone With the Wind return. This week, I am hoping to redeem myself as another cinema great returns !

Charlie Chaplin's 1931 romantic comedy "
City Lights" is coming to the Concert Hall with the original score performed by the full Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. One show only: Thursday November 26 at 8 pm.

City Lights is considered by many to be Chaplin's best work and still ranks highly among Hollywood classics.

It was a Chaplin project from beginning to end. He produced, directed, edited, wrote the score and most of the screenplay and, of course, acted in the lead role in his 'Tramp' persona. He bankrolled it to the tune of $1.5m and shot it almost entirely on his own studio lot.

There was great anticipation for this picture. It was three years in the making and fans were desperate to see Chaplin back on the screen. Though 'silent pictures' were a becoming a thing of the past Chaplin knew that his Tramp's antics couldn't translate to talkies after all those silent years so he gave fans an interesting innovation: a full orchestral score. Add to that very favourable reviews from L.A. and New York and a visit to the city by Chaplin himself and the 'Peg was abuzz by the time it opened at the Garrick on April 24, 1931.

How were the reviews ? The Manitoba Free Press of April 25, 1931 said: "'City Lights' is the best work of a cinema genius. See it by all means and take your children". Of course Chaplin was already known to Winnipeg audiences. He toured through here many times with vaudeville groups. The Free Press seemed equally impressed with him during a stint at the Empress Theatre in November 1912:

If you want to check out tickets to the event.

Downtown Winnipeg
If you want to make it a full-Chaplin night, you should grab a beer and some nosh at the Windsor Hotel, (or at least walk by and wave to Chaplin on the balcony !). It was here that Chaplin wrote his family to break the news that he was leaving the stage as he had been offered a movie contract in Hollywood !

Charlie Chaplan
The letter appeared in a Chaplin biography and a framed copy on hotel letterhead, then called the LeClaire Hotel, can be found in the lounge.

Friday, 20 November 2009

1919 Stanley Cup final cancelled and the death of Brandon's Joe Hall

The 1918-19 Stanley Cup final between the Montreal Canadiens and Seattle Metropolitans was played under the shadow of an epidemic. The "Spanish" influenza was sweeping the globe, spread by troops returning home from World War I, and targeting young, otherwise healthy men.

The series took place in late March in Seattle and lasted a lasted a hard-fought five games. It included two overtime games, the March 26 match went to double overtime before being called a draw and the Canadiens won on March 31st to force the deciding game on April 1.

The Canadiens, who stayed at a hotel across the border in Victoria B.C., had their lineup ravaged by the disease. On the eve of the final game only three players: Pitre, Cleghorn and Vezina were healthy.

April 2, 1919 Winnipeg Free Press

At 2:30 pm on April 1, 1919 organizers announced that the final game was postponed indefinitely due to the illness.

Initially, there were mixed messages coming from Seattle. An April 3 telegram to Canadian media supposedly sent by by Canadiens' Team Manager George Kennedy said that the team was doing well with a few members "under the weather". That was not the case as even Kennedy's own wife had been summoned to be by her husband's bedside due to the severity of his illness.

Things went from bad to worse as members of the Metropolitans began falling ill and on April 5 sports fans were stunned by the news that 37 year-old Canadiens defenseman Joe Hall of Brandon, Manitoba had succumbed to the disease. (A later victim was manager Kennedy who never fully recovered from the effects of influenza and died in 1921 at the age of 39.)

Any hopes of resuming the final was put to rest and "series not completed" was engraved on the Stanley Cup.

More About Brandon's Joe Hall

On April 5, 1919 sports fans were stunned by the news that 37 year-old Canadiens defenseman Joe Hall had succumbed to influenza.

Hall was born in Stafforshire, England in 1882 but his family settled in Brandon when he was a young boy. In 1900 he began making the sports pages as a cyclist, winning regional races. A couple of years later it was as a hockey player.

Joe Hall quickly became known as "Bad Joe Hall". As the nickname implies, he was a rough, tough and dirty player. He spent a fair bit of time before governing bodies and watching his teams from the stands while under suspension.

One early instance was in a January 1904 game at the Winnipeg Auditorium as a member of the Brandon Rowing Club team. Some in the crowd were taunting him with calls of "Butcher" and "lobster" for his dirty play and Hall made "an alleged breach of etiquette towards the audience". (Other Manitoba  incidents can be read by clicking the above images.)

That 1904 team went on to challenge for the Stanley Cup final but lost to the Ottawa Silver Seven. Soon after he was offered a pro contract with Portage Lake of the International Hockey League in Houghton,  Michigan but turned it down to keep the Brandon lineup intact for another shot at glory.

January 3, 1906, Winnipeg Tribune

In November 1905 he went to Portage Lake but his time in the IHL was brief. 

In one of his first games on December 14, 1905, he was ejected for chopping a player with his stick. A couple of games later, against the same team, he went on a verbal tirade using profanities against a referee who then sent him off. When his outburst continued off the ice the opposing team walked off in protest, forfeiting the game. The management of the team said that he would be barred from ever entering their arena again.

Hall was back in Manitoba the following season. It appears that he was not banned from the IHL, but a restructuring of the Canadian leagues allowed players to be paid to play at home rather than have to take up with cross border teams of the IHL. Hall was part of the Brandon lineup that lost in the new Manitoba hockey league finals to the Kenora Thistles.

Hall's 1911 Bulldogs card (eBay)

Hall's troubles continued from team to team. A Winnipeg Tribune sports editorial of December 21, 1907 said of him:

"Hall’s one drawback as a hockey player is his temper, which, on the ice, he appears to be unable to control. Joe possesses the qualities of a great hockey player and if he could only dampen this feature, his worth would be doubled."

His saving grace, aside from the fact that he could be a good hockey player when he put his mind to it, was that he was considered a gentleman off the ice. A good-natured, family man who never got in trouble and avoided newspaper interviews.

The president of the Pacific Coast League said that "Off the ice he was one of the jolliest, best-hearted, most popular men who ever played." A Free Press writer agreed, saying that to those who knew him off the ice he was "Good Old Joe Hall".

January 21, 1913, Winnipeg Tribune

Hall played the 1910-11 season in the Quebec Hockey Association. He was perhaps beginning to mellow with age as he found his name in the papers more often for being a game star rather than for suspensions.  

He won the Stanley Cup with the Quebec Bulldogs in 1912 and 1913. A 1913 wire story said that Hall had a "unique position in the hockey world". His reputation meant that players were either wary of him or underestimated his hockey abilities which gave him the space to shine. His one drawback was the constant battle to keep himself from responding to the slashes and hits of opponents looking for the old Joe Hall.

In November 1917 the Montreal Canadiens picked up Hall from Quebec and he found himself playing in the starting line at times. In a January 1918 game the Habs beat Ottawa 5 to 3 and Joe was the game star scoring three goals, including the game winner.

As a member of the Habs he won the 1919 National Hockey Association championship which is what saw him off to Seattle to play the Pacific Coast League champs, for the Stanley Cup.

Despite playing for teams across the country, Brandon remained home-base for Hall, his wife Mary and their three children. He worked for the railroad on the off-season and invested in land around Brandon. (Source: Toronto World, Apr 7, 1917)

Mary was summoned from Brandon to be by Joe's bedside in Washington State. She, along with hall's mother and sister, left immediately but did not make it in time. A telegram came while en route stating that he had died. Initial plans were to have Hall's body shipped from his place of death, the Columbia Sanatorium in Washington State, via Vancouver to Brandon for burial but his final resting place ended up being Vancouver.

January 6, 1920, Winnipeg Tribune

The hockey community rallied around Joe's family. A trust fund was set up for the widow and children and  "Joe Hall Memorial Week" games were played throughout the province to raise funds. there was a game in Montreal as well. The Winnipeg game featured all-stars from various Winnipeg-based teams playing against the same from teams outside of Winnipeg. 

In all, Hall's professional career spanned 18 years. He was inducted to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.

The 1918-1919 Canadiens'
Joe Hall
Hockey Hall of Fame
Hall's Death Reminder of 1919 Flu
Canwest Aug 26, 2009

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Nov 19: World Toilet Day

I almost missed it ! I was too upset over the Ireland loss yesterday !

November 19th is World Toilet Day. Sounds odd or funny but it's a serious global health issue. About half of the world's population don't have access to toilets and / or proper sanitation. Diseases as simple as diarrhea kill about 5,000 children per day according to the WTO. That's five times as many children that die of HIV/AIDS.

Oh, the WTO ? That's the World Toilet Organization. A non-profit made up of 200 or so educational, social and global health groups. Of course, they do have to have a sense of humour about themselves. One of the global events this year is The Big Squat and they do have an interesting links page of toilet related links, posters, songs amongst their more serious publications.

Hand of Gaul

I am wearing my Republic of Ireland football jersey today out of sympathy.

FAI to Lodge Official Complaint - Irish Independent
FIFA Insists No Replay -
More Ireland reaction - Irish Independent, RTÉ

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

The Marlborough had a Birthday Party !

... a 95th birthday party and I invited myself along !
Marlborough Hotel
Due to my day job I wasn't able to make it right at noon but I showed up fashionably late - still in time for some cake and to meet some of the senior staff. I didn't realize that there were tours involved - oh well, the 100th is around the corner and it's usually part of Doors Open.
The Marlborough doesn't receive the attention that, say, the Fort Garry does as an historic hotel, (and to be fair the building hasn't received the same TLC). Nonetheless, whenever I go I am always struck at the attention showed to the history of the building.

The historic eating rooms - Churchill's and Johanna's - are very well preserved and the building's history is celebrated through dozens of photographs, plaques, newspaper articles framed on the walls. Next time you pass by, or grab lunch at Johanna's as an excuse to visit, definitely take a look-see.

I was planning on pulling up some old tidbits and newspaper ads from the day but in an odd archival meltdown equinox the Winnipeg Free Press archives is trying to convince me that I am not a subscriber (which certainly
isn't odd), the newspaper archive at Manitobia AND the U of M Tribune archives all seem to be inaccessible ?!

c 1920s as The Olympia Hotel, post-the six storey expansion. The Kensignton Building, which housed the Olympia Café, is in the foreground.

Here's what I know:

The owners of the Olympia were four Italians, Panaro, Emma and the Badali Brothers, who came to Winnipeg in the 1890s and built food retailing businesses. The Badalis occupied a fruit store at Portage and Smith. When the Kensington building was built on the site they operated the Olympia Café on the main floor (presumably where the name for the hotel came from).
Marlborough Hotel
The Olympia Hotel, opened in 1914, was built by the firm Carter Halls Aldiger, (who brought you the St. Charles Hotel, Free Press Building among others), with architect James Chisholm (also). The original Olympia was just the bottom three floors, the stone section.

c 1915 with troops from Historic Building Report (see below)
The timing of The Olympia was terrible. A recession was on and World War I drove down any demand for additional luxury hotel space. The Olympia folded within a year. The feds needed places to house and marshal troops and that is how the Olympia spent it's next couple of years.
c 1925 as the Marlborough

The upper stories appear to have been added in two stages. The four in brick in 1921 and the top two in 1923. It was after this expansion that the hotel was renamed The Marlborough.

More recent additions include the 8 storey expansion to the north, including the Skyview Ballroom, opened in 1960. In 2004 a multi-million dollar renovation and expansion saw The Marlborough purchase the Garrick Cinema converting part of it to a waterslide park and leaving the rest as a theatre venue.

Legion commemoration:
Marlborough Hotel
A couple of interesting notes:

- Churchill's is named for Sir Winston Churchill, once a guest at the hotel.
- The Royal Canadian Legion was founded at the Marlborough in 1925.
- The Winnipeg Press Club was a long-time occupant in the Olympia Room.
- The Marlborough is Manitoba's largest banquet hotel.

Some modern snaps. Sorry, m
y pics aren't so great - the Marlborough with it's tall ceilings and dark lighting confounds my little camera !
Marlborough Hotel
Marlborough Hotel
Marlborough Hotel
Marlborough Hotel
Johanna's main window from the inside (note the Tiffany & Co. lanterns):
Marlborough Hotel
... and from the outside:
Marlborough Hotel
Video Tour - Winnipeg Sun
Olympia/Marlborough Hotel - Historic Building Committee Report (pdf)
Marlborough Hotel - U of M Winnipeg Building Index

Our History - The Marlborough Hotel