The Fortune Block - With Dean Syverson

  • September 24, 2019
  • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Manitoba Hydro building – 360 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3C 0G8
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Presentation Overview:

Built in 1882 -1883, in the High Victorian Italianate style, the Fortune Block is a quintessential Winnipeg example commercial buildings of the late 19th century. Designated a heritage building by the City of Winnipeg because of its historical, cultural and aesthetic value, the Fortune Block is a rare tangible reminder and important example of the economic and real estate boom from around the turn of the century in Winnipeg, caused initially by the expansion of immigration and CPR to the West. 

The three storey building was purchased in 2016 by it current owner, and was extensively renovated, returning it to its original function with commercial units on the ground floor and two storeys of office space above.  

Unit 7 Architecture from Winnipeg led the restoration project. Rehabilitation goals  for the work  (in-conjunction with conservation/ heritage values), included:

  • Ensuring integrity of the building envelope (foundation, walls, roof)
  • Enhancing the building’s appeal to the street along the main floor facade
  • Enhancing the function of the building for commercial tenants, including requirements for code.
  • Improving energy efficiency


Speaker Bio:

Originally from Alberta, Dean came to Winnipeg in 1984 to study architecture at the University of Manitoba.  He received his Master of Architecture Degree in 1989, and has been a member of the Manitoba Association of Architects since 1991.  He was a founding partner of Syverson Monteyne Architecture in 1994, and went on to establish Unit 7 Architecture in 2015.  The firm is highly respected in the architectural community and has won a number of design awards and competitions.

In addition to running an architectural practice for the past 25 years,  Dean served as an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba from 1995 through to 2007, and has taught Professional Practice in the faculty up until this year.  He was active  with the Manitoba Association of Architects Council from 2001 to 2007, including serving as President in 2005/16. 

He is a Fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, and is also a registered architect in Ontario and Saskatchewan.  

He has been involved with numerous and varied studies dealing with important issues affecting the built environment. He maintains a keen interest in the relationship between “theory” and “practice,” with a view towards employing existing technology, accepting economic constraints, addressing social need, and providing response specific to location.

He is fond of all things prairie, and of wide opens spaces.




Tuesday September 24th, 2019

3:00 pm - 4:30 pm (registration starts 2:30)

Members $0 / Future Members $20

Event Location: Manitoba Hydro 360 Portage Ave

*Note: Security will escort you to the room after signing in

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