Academic journal article Manitoba History

Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

Academic journal article Manitoba History

Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

Article excerpt

There is a trove of great resources online and in downtown Winnipeg for anyone who has an interest in the city's history. The Winnipeg Architecture Foundation (WAF) is a dynamic non-profit organization dedicated to advancing awareness and appreciation of the city's built environment. Since 1996, WAF had undertaken comprehensive studies on a variety of topics with particular attention to the oft-neglected modernist era of 1945 to 1975. It has commissioned studies of downtown, schools, universities, places of worship as well as biographies of many architects, landscape architects, interior designers and other individuals who have contributed to design and construction in Winnipeg. To supplement this, you can find period resources such as articles, photographic studies, art history topics, promotional material for some of the city's mid-century suburbs, and eclectic and never-seen-before sources of support materials. All this is available at your fingertips; the site is deep and wide.

WAF has developed a number of self-guided tours on such topics as terra cotta in Winnipeg, Broadway Modern, St. George's Anglican Church, Brutalist style in Winnipeg and modernist architecture in the Universities of Winnipeg and Manitoba, with more in the works. It also leads street tours on popular themes. These have been well attended in the past and led to some wonderful aha! moments. …

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