Originally Posted by isaidso
Agree. Winnipeg obviously has less historical building stock than a city like Toronto, but their stock is of a high quality, quite opulent, and very interesting. I was very impressed and surprised when I visited. The Exchange District is a better historical neighbourhood than anything in Toronto. St. Lawrence or King West comes close, but the Exchange buildings are taller, grander, and more exquisite.
Winnipeg arguably has the most magnificent provincial legislature in the country. I'm not saying that Toronto's old buildings are crap, but Winnipeg can hold its own in this department despite being many many times smaller than Toronto.
I absolutely agree.
I think the Manitoba Legislature is the most beautiful in the country including Parliament Hill. I really like Victoria's but only during the day.......I find the lights at night unattractive borderline tacky.
Winnipeg has such a great stock of buildings for two main reasons.......a lot of wealth at the turn of the century and very slow growth post 1950. Winnipeg lost a lot of it's stature after 1950 and only in the last 10 years has it turned around. That hurt Winnipeg in many ways but one of the few benefits of it is that Winnipeg didn't lose all it's grans old buildings to freeways, parking lots, and other 1950/60/70s "urban renewal" projects.