Apartment Buildings That Call To Me

When I’m walking or riding my bike around Winnipeg, I sometimes stop and take photos of apartment buildings that call to me. They’re usually old buildings and it’s the history of them, as well as the beauty, that attracts me. 

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I think about the people who lived in them when they were new. Who designed and built them? Who planted the trees in the courtyards or the vines climbing the walls?

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I choose to ignore the fact that some of these buildings might make me feel sad or angry, not nostalgic, if I was to go inside. For all I know, they might be deteriorating or infested with bedbugs. But I won’t think about that.  Instead, I’ll imagine them in their heyday, when they were likely the talk of the neighbourhood.

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I’ll think about the people who have decided to keep them going and brighten them up.

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I’ll imagine those who sit, and sat, in those rooms or sun porches, perhaps sipping tea and reading books. Because that’s what I’d be doing.

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8 Replies to “Apartment Buildings That Call To Me”

  1. I lived in an apartment building on Spence Street the year I spent in Winnipeg. It still had all the original Art Deco light fittings in the hallway – which they tore out that year and replaced with long fluorescent lights. Heartbreaking!

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