Wednesday, April 15, 2009

330 Kennedy Street - HI Hostel

The Downtowner - during...to be continued.
Project: HI Downtowner Hostel
Address: 330 Kennedy Street (Map)
Website:
HI Downtowner Hostel
Opened:
July 22 1959
Contractor: Bird Construction
Architects: Pratt and Lindgren
Status: Complete


Background


August 1, 1959, Winnipeg Free Press

The Downtowner Motor Hotel, owned by Mr. and Mrs. Alex Dugalle, opened on July 22,1959. Mayor Juba and the deputy minister of industry cut the ribbon at the official opening a week later.

It was an immediate success, offering all of the conveniences of a suburban motor hotel in the heart of the city. The bright, airy rooms had air conditioning. An outdoor courtyard allowed people easy access to the forty, free, drive-up parking stalls, (some were underneath an elevated portion of the main floor.)

The building was constructed so that two stories could be added.


February 3, 1961, Winnipeg Free Press

To compete with downtown's established hotels it offered a nicely furnished reading lounge and restaurant / coffee shop. In 1960 Toronto-based celebrity chef Hans Fread, (a national columnist with two CJAY TV shows), made the restaurant a destination when he opened his Four Seasons. He was wooed back to Toronto the following year to open a new restaurant there.

In 1963 Gordon Hotels took over the Downtowner, their sixth property. As part of the Gordon chain, the nightlife and bar area became a bigger feature. The area around Kennedy and Ellice was home to a number of the city's better known night spots and dinner clubs until the 1980s when all but the Downtowner were demolished for the Portage Place / Place Promenade development.

The Downtowner - during
The Downtowner - during
Through the 1990s the reputation of the hotel suffered. In the early 2000s the Gordon Hotel dropped it from their chain and in 2007 the hotel was put up for sale.

The Forks North Portage Partnership.
then purchased the building and paartnered with Ivey House Hostel, a 40 bed facility that had operated since 1980 from an historic house on Maryland Street. Their goal was to raise over $2 m to renovate it into a 120 bed hostel.

In late 2007 renovations began. The main floor was redeveloped, which included filling in the parking area located underneath the elevated second floor to make way for a common space and kitchen area. In the bar, the beer vendor and VLT's were removed and the space converted into LO Pub catering to the university and indie music crowd.

Business in the hostel was less than expected and in July 2012 it was announced that the building would be sold off. LO Pub closed August 25, 2012.

Tenants:

HI Downtowner Hostel
Lo Pub and Gallery


Media:
Downtown hostel being sold Free Press, July '12
Winnipeg Downtown hotel being sold CBC, Jul '12
New Hostel Gives Downtown New Character Free Press, May '08

4 comments:


  1. خدمات النظافة بالدمام لابد ان تقدمها شركة لديها ثقة في اتمام خدمات النظافة المنزلية لان النظافة العاية لا تعطي النتيجة الفعالة التي تتم بواسطة شركة تنظيف بالدمام متخصصة لانها تهتم بكل شئ داخل المباني فلدينا شركة تنظيف فلل بالدمام تكون متخصصة في نظافة الفلل المفروشة والمستعملة واعطائها الرونق الجمالي الخاص بها لدينا شركة تنظيف شقق بالدمام متخصصة في اعمال نظافة الشقق المنزلية وشقق المكاتب والمعارض بواسطة الادوات والمواد اللازمة لعمل ذلك لدينا تخصصتنا في اعمالنا التي ترضي العميل وتخلصة من الحشرات الصغيرة التي تسبب ازعاج كبير للاسرة من خلال شركة مكافحة حشرات بالدمام التي لديها معدتها وموادها لعمل ذلك كما يوجد متخصص ايضا للقضاء علي الحشرات من خلال التواصل مع شركة رش مبيدات بالدمام التي تنتهيك من كل الحشرات المنزلية كما نعمل معا للواصل اليك كل الخدمات المنزلية من خلال خدمة الاثاث بواسطة افضل شركة نقل اثاث بالدمام والتعامل معها سوف يصل الي منزلك الجيد بدون اي تعب
    كما يوجد خدمتنا الاخري التي يمكنك البحث عنها م والاستفادة منها
    شركة تنظيف بالقطيف
    شركة تنظيف بالجبيل
    شركة تنظيف بالاحساء



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  2. its very Nice شركات الماسة تقدم لكم شركة جلى رخام جدة فنحن نساعدك على عمل جلى رخام جدة حيث أن شركتنا شركة جلى بلاط جدة لديها أفضل ماكينات جلى بلاط جدة كما اننا فى شركة شركة جلى سيراميك جدة لدينا احدث أدوات جلى سيراميك جدة كما ان شركتنا تعتبر افضل شركة جلى رخام جدة وبشهادة العملاء نعتبر افضل شركة جلى بلاط جدة ونعتبر أيضا افضل شركة جلى سيراميك جدة كما أن لدينا افضل اسعار جلي بلاط جدة

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