In Conversation with Hijab Mitra

It was one of Winnipeg’s humblest historic buildings, best known for bar fights and welfare day drunkenness. Now, the Merchants Hotel on Selkirk Avenue is getting an overhaul, with glass walls, cedar accents and feather-shaped pillars. Local architect Hijab Mitra says the $13-million project isn’t based on any highfalutin design pomposity or the preconceived ideas[…]

Notorious hotel gets new life

The Merchants Hotel, once a hive of drunken street crime on Selkirk Avenue, is finally getting a fix-up, part of a slow renaissance now underway in one of the city’s poorest neighbourhoods. After more than two years of planning, the province announced $11 million in cash and loans Tuesday to help turn the old hotel,[…]