Update: City committee adds Allman Block to heritage list
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Update, 10:30 a.m.: Downtown Development has added the building to the list.
A showpiece of 20th century architecture on Main Street is a being considered as an addition to a heritage protection list.
The petition from the owners of Allman Block at 594 Main St. to be added to the historical resources list is the first of an expected flood of requests to come forward since the adoption of a new bylaw last June, said Cindy Tugwell, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg.
A city report on the agenda of Thursday’s downtown development committee states that Allman Block, built in 1904 for clothier Daniel F. Allman and designed by prolific architect J.H.G. Russell, has “outstanding architectural and historical significance.”
Tugwell said the city should preserve its pre-First World War buildings, such as Allman Block, and, if possible, entire streetscapes that showcase this type of architecture.
“These heritage buildings, in many cases, the kind of architecture that they carry in the downtown is unique to a period in Winnipeg’s history when we had the best of the best,” she said.
“We were a fast-growing city, and that kind of architecture, in many cases, can never be replicated again, so once you lose it, you lose it for good.”
Also under consideration for the committee is the addition of several fire halls to the commemorative list under the Historical Resources Bylaw.