123 Princess St, Aqua Books new location, Feb 24 2012

I took some pics of a snowy Winnipeg day around the Exchange District too:


284 William Ave, has seen better days.



Winnipeg's Public Safety Building seems to be slowly falling apart


In the Spring of 2012 Aqua Books will be opening at a new location.

See the old location here!

The basement of 123 Princess Street was going to be a restaurant, and now bookstore owner Kelly Hughes will turn it into the new Aqua books.

The building was home previously to raves in the 90’s, an elevator company run by some Icelandic brothers, and a type foundry that helped originate the Bookman and Century Oldstyle fonts.

I love fonts!

Click here for more info on the building

Bookman Font


123 Princess street, Winnipeg, built 1905


123 Princess street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Miller and Richard Type Founders Building (Western Elevator and Motor Company)

Together with the adjacent Maw & Co. Garage on Princess Street, the Miller and Richard Type Founders building remains an important part of turn-of-the-century commercial streetscape that still exists in the warehouse district southwest of City Hall.

The Miller and Richard Company which supplied metal type and printers’ machinery occupied the building in 1905.  Originating in Scotland, the firm established a base in eastern Canada, expanding to Winnipeg in response to the city’s flourishing printing and publishing trade that needed ready access to specialty equipment and repair services.  The firm remained in the building until 1931 when it left the city. Another original tenant, the printing and bookbinding enterprise of Douglass-McIntyre Company, did not move from 121 Princess until the early 1940s.

The Western Elevator and Motor Company, and the Power and Mine Supply Company, moved into 123 Princess in 1933.  Since its purchase from the Richard family in 1942, the building has been owned by one of these firms. Western Elevator sold the site in 1984 and the two firms relocated to another part of Winnipeg.

The structure retains much of its original design and materials. The first-floor openings now contain glass bricks instead of display windows, thus eliminating an interior view from the street. Interior elements include rough fir floors and uncovered brick.  The front part of both the first and second floors holds office and retail facilities; the remainder of the space has been used for storage.  The original layout of the two upper storeys has been retained.





Winnipeg's Exchange District, from a slightly different angle


the basement of 123 Princess street, Winnipeg Large metal wheels for transporting foundry equipment?
Printers' Supplies, 1905 Winnipeg
Kelly Hughes,in the "before" picture. Feb 2012




Huge wooden beams. The trees were probably saplings when Beethoven was still alive






Fireproof doors





Iron staircase originally from the Merchant's Block


Possibly Winnipeg's scariest "bathroom". Really it's just a toilet next to a wall




The front of an old boiler.


Steam Boiler Inspection Certificate


Very sturdy old wooden beam construction




The old coal room still has bricks blackened with, um, coal


Ideal, four leaf clover, steam heater




smashed glass and dirty undies. This place needs a clean



Vulcan Iron Co, of Winnipeg Manitoba


Old stickers and Exchange District banners


Another view of the "Trainspotting" toilet



Many many pipes. I like the industrial look!



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