The Fort Garry Hotel, built in 1911-13 by the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (architects Ross and MacFarlane), is a historic hotel located one block from the railway’s Union Station in Downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. It is one of Canada’s grand railway hotels and was designated as a part of The Forks National Historic Site of Canada in 1981. Like other Canadian railway hotels constructed in the “chateau style”, with its steep rooflines, expansive wall surfaces, turrets, ornately decorated windows, and lavish ornamentation, the hotel soon becomes one of the most prestigious landmarks in City of Winnipeg and internationally acknowledged as distinctly Canadian. Today, the gate, which was the northern entrance to the fort, is all that remains. It stands in a little park just east of the hotel.
Royal Crown Revolving Restaurant atop Fort Garry Place (30th-floor bar & restaurant and 31st-storey lounge & banquet facilities), open in 1988 by by the Gill Family Trust, completes one revolution every 70 minutes, offering diners a panoramic view of The Forks, City of Winnipeg, and the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers. The revolving restaurant and bar closed in 2008 (its 20th anniversary) due to declining sales and a lack of convenient customer parking among other reasons. After a four-year hiatus, however, this iconic restaurant is set to re-open in October 2013 as “Prairie 360”.
Interior Views of Fort Garry Hotel
When I was at the hotel reception desk, they didn’t have any hotel tours, so I didn’t go further to take photos. However, a collection of interior photos can be found at University of Manitoba Architecture/Fine Arts Library.
Map & Driving Direction
Exact location of Fort Garry Hotel is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map. Address: 222 Broadway Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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