Groups rally to save Winnipeg airport terminal
Oct. 12, 2011, Winnipeg - Federal politicians are being asked to stop the demolition in Winnipeg of what two heritage groups call one of the finest examples of mid-century modernist architecture in Canada.
Heritage Winnipeg and the Manitoba Historical Society have launched a last-ditch attempt to prevent Winnipeg's old airport terminal from being torn down.
The current terminal, which was built in the 1960s, will close when a new building next door opens later this fall.
Jordan Van Sewell, vice-president of Heritage Winnipeg, says they realize that saving the existing building is a long shot, but they hope to raise public awareness and pressure governments to save it.
Christine Alongi, spokeswoman for the Winnipeg Airports Authority, says demolition is the only option after trying unsuccessfully for two years to find a business to redevelop the terminal.
Plans call for the Western Canada Aviation Museum to relocate to a new building on the north end of the current terminal site, once it's torn down.