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Palace Grand Theatre

Where the Klondike and Yukon Rivers meet, Dawson City became a boomtown of fortune-seekers in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. By 1900 the muddy tent city had transformed into a prosperous outpost. The Palace Grand Theatre opened in gala style in July 1899. The theatre was a combination of a luxurious European opera house and boomtown dance hall. It was built by "Arizona Charlie Meadows"; a Wild West showman who came to Dawson City during the Klondike Gold Rush. With the gold strike in Nome, Alaska in the latter part of 1899, the excitement in Dawson City died as quickly as it rose. Over the next few years, Dawson City made the transition from gold rush boomtown to a smaller mining community. With the steady decline in population, Meadows sold the Palace Grand Theatre in 1901 for $17,000, less than a third of the initial cost, and the building was neglected over time.

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

Walking is good for you, and good for the economy. Cities across North America are investing in infrastructure to encourage walking in urban neighbourhoods as a way of improving health, accessibility, quality of life and safety while promoting urban renewal and economic growth.

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Cities that invest in infrastructure that promotes a pedestrian lifestyle are reaping social and economic rewards.

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

For 40 years, we have been arguing over adding 18 seconds in the morning and 54 seconds in the afternoon to a daily Winnipeg commute that averages 24 minutes each way. 

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The cost to complete long-overdue repairs to the barriers at Portage and Main could rival the cost to make the intersection accessible to pedestrians.

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By Brent Bellamy, Creative Director and Architect
Republished with permission courtesy of the Winnipeg Free Press.

For several years, a soaring glass tower has risen from The Forks, designed to inspire discussion and awareness of the importance of human rights in our society. This summer, a little orange structure has appeared a few blocks away that is intended to provoke a similar discussion.

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The early success of the Pop-Up Winnipeg Public Toilet pilot project is an encouraging sign that the city is embracing the importance of downtown public washroom facilities.

Queens Printer

"This three-storey, flat-roofed concrete structure is probably the city’s most majestic example of Art Deco style, very fashionable at the time for commercial and institutional buildings." - Victoria Heritage Foundation

Redeveloping a nearly century-old industrial building into a contemporary office space is no easy task. Along with removing heavy and outdated machinery and systems, architects and designers must respect heritage designations while meeting the needs and standards of today’s modern office design. Such was the case when Number TEN took on the challenge of converting the 13,000 sq.ft. main floor of Queen’s Printer building in downtown Victoria, B.C. Interior designer and associate Leslie Myers and her team succeeded in creating a sleek, energy efficient modern office space that integrates many unique historic features while paying homage to the building’s industrial past.

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