Monday, 2 January 2012
A look at the APTN Building(s)
One Portage Avenue announcement that got a bit overshadowed by SHED talks is the expansion of APTN. In September 2010 APTN bought the concrete clad building that they have leased space in since 1999 and the neighbouring 333 Portage Avenue. At my Winnipeg Downtown Places blog I take a look at each building's history.
339 Portage was built in 1961 for NEFCO (North End Furniture Compnay) but has had a sad financial history including being foreclosed upon four times.
333 Portage is the site of the Time Building, which famously burned in 1954 taking with it most of a city block and damaging the Eatons store. The Bank of Commerce built there in 1958 and remained until the 1990s when the space has for the most part sat vacant.
Plans are in the works for a major redesign of the buildings to incorporate them into one. (Also see APTN media release)