Residences on York

Formerly:House of York
Sheraton Hotel
York the Hotel
Address:161 Donald Street
Use:Apartment block
Original Use:Apartment block
Other Work:1984, residential units converted to Hotel (following purchase by Lakeview Properties)
2010-12, parkade addition, recladding and apartment conversion
Firms:Moody, Moore and Partners
Downtown Winnipeg Consortium -- LM Architectural Group and Number Ten Architectural Group (1984)
Architecture 49 (2012)
Engineers:Crosier Kilgour and Partners (1984)
A.E.B. Engineering Group (1984)
Dominion Bridge Co. Ltd. (1984)
Contractors:B.F. Klassen Construction Ltd.

More Information

First constructed by Bestlands Development as an apartment complex known as the “House of York,” 161 Donald Street was purchased in 1980 by Lakeview Properties and converted into a hotel. The original design, by Helmut Peters of the firm then known as Moody Moore Duncan Rattray Peters Searle Christie, featured facades composed of exposed concrete and balconies, which fronted glazed sections. A lower podium section of two storeys was clad in Manitoba Tyndall stone and concrete. The building, 23 storeys high, then contained 216 suites designed for a range of downtown housing requirements and contained a swimming pool, sauna, party room and landscaped gardens with planting that often draped over the West side plaza and parking space. Prior to construction Bestlands Development cited the Metropolitan Corporation of Greater Winnipeg's Downtown Development Plan as one reason the project was undertaken at this site.

As a hotel 161 Donald Street operated under different names until the first decade of the 21st century. Between 2010-12 the building was recommissioned back into its first purpose as a tower housing personal residences,At this point a major re-cladding was conducted, a process which also saw the balcony spaces converted into interior space. Architecture49, with lead designer Grant Van Iderstine, were responsible for the re-cladding design, the final design of the apartments and other interiors, as well as the design for the main floor restaurant.

This project coincided with the construction of a 50,000 square foot parkade, designed by local architectural practices BLDG and Allan Coppinger Architect. The new parkade features artistically detailed black metal cladding and glass sections. The parkade and re-cladding of the apartment building was finished at a cost of $1,250,000.

Design Characteristics

  • 20 storeys plus parking garage (with 174 parking stalls)
  • Interior Design (1984): Co-ordinated Hotel Interiors Ltd (Vancouver)
  • Original residential capacity, 216 apartments
  • Original Hotel Capacity, 286 rooms; reduced over time to about 274, then 266.
  • Plan area: 21 456 sq ft
  • Gross floor area: 225 434 sq ft


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