Saturday, July 18, 2009

191 Lombard Avenue - Union Trust Tower

Project: Union Trust Tower (National Bank) Main Floor Retail
191 Lombard Avenue
Union Trust Tower
Completed January 2009
3,200 square feet
Cost: $ Unknown

Background The Union Trust Tower (aka National Bank Building) was built in 1913. Located on Bankers Row, the main floor commercial level hosted a number of institutions Including, of course, Union Trust and the National Bank as well as Bank of Nova Scotia.

c 1915 above, late 1970s below

In the mid 00s the National Bank vacated and the space sat vacant. ASH Management, managers of the space, said that they were waiting for the right tenant before doing major renovations. In 2007 that tenant came along as Birks Inc. announced that they were relocating back to the downtown.

Birks first Winnipeg store 1903

The grand opening for the new location took place in January 2009.

ASH, Birks and Oberti Architecture and Urban Design, who worked with Birks on their Montréal and Vancouver stores, teamed up to restore the space and in 2009 won a Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Award for their work.

Union Trust Tower - Heritage Winnipeg
Union Trust Tower - U of M Building Index

Renovation Photos - Grant Design Group
Birks to Return to Winnipeg's Downtown - CBC
Jeweller Leaving Polo Park, moving back downtown - WFP
Birks Brings Back That Old Time Pinache - Urbanite

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