Heritage Winnipeg: Don’t Demolish Old Airport Terminal

Winnipeg's James Richardson International Airport (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Heritage Winnipeg is urging the public to contact their local MPs and put a stop to the planned demolition of the old air terminal building at James Richardson International Airport.

In an ad sent out Tuesday, Heritage Winnipeg says the terminal — built in 1964 — is one of the finest examples of mid-century modernist architecture in Canada.

A modern, large-scale terminal building next door to the current facility is nearly complete and is set to open October 30.

The ad shows an adaptive re-use based on the Silent Wings Museum at Lubbock International Airport in Texas. The 1950s airport terminal was extensively remodelled and now serves as a museum featuring the history of gliders in warfare.

Toronto’s Pearson Airport terminal Aeroquay One, originally built in 1964, was demolished in 2004.

There are no plans to turn Winnipeg’s aging terminal into a museum or any other attraction.