In documenting local landmarks, it's tough not to note the size of the Assiniboia building in contrast to other buildings downtown. Its prominence along South Railway Street hints at the significance of the history surrounding it. In fact, this building was constructed in the early 1900s as the Hooper-Huckvale Block and would've been a major commercial centre at the time.
Originally the building featured store front windows all along its base, and housed offices for various professionals on the floors above. It wasn't until the early 1950s that the building was renovated and expanded to become the Assiniboia Hotel.
As the focus shifted away from downtown in the 1980s, things began to decline for the Assiniboia. Today the building is looking pretty rough around the edges. It would be exciting, however currently unlikely, to see this building refurbished as office space or apartments. It would take a lot of money and creative vision to bring this place back to what it once was.
|Hooper Huckvale Block ca. 1913|
|Building before renovation and expansion as a hotel ca. 1950|
|Striking workers out front of Assiniboia Hotel ca. 1954|
|Assiniboia Hotel ca. 1950s|
|Assiniboia Hotel following 1950s renovation.|
|Hooper Huckvale Block in the early 1900s.|