Built in 1911, the Millennium Centre is a former Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce located at 389 Main Street in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at the heart of the nationally recognized historic site known as the Exchange District. Once one of several banks along what was known as “Banker’s Row”, this particular building was the regional head office for the CIBC, and was thus opulently designed to impress and even intimidate customers.
Reminiscent of the neo-classical style of construction, the first floor of the building features a gorgeous marble banking hall, capped by a magnificent glass dome. Currently only the first floor is usable, but we hope to continue to redevelop the building and make it a sustainable, integral part of Winnipeg’s Exchange District.
Both the banking hall, now known as Celebration Hall, in addition to the Tapestry Room, the lavishly decorated former bank manager’s office, are available for event rental. We have hosted everything from weddings and concerts to production filming and board meetings. Numerous photos of these spaces can be viewed in the “Photo Gallery” above.
For more information about booking an event at the Millennium Centre, click “Events & Catering” in the menu above.
The Millennium Centre represents a very important development in the heritage community of Winnipeg. At a time when heritage buildings were not valued as they are today, the building was threatened by demolition to make way for an employee parking lot. Thankfully, the citizens of Winnipeg had had enough and the public protest not only resulted in the rescue of the building, but also in the creation of Heritage Winnipeg, an advocacy group within the city that helps to save threatened buildings as well as ensure their sustainability in the future.
For more information about the history of the Millennium Centre, click “History” in the menu above.
For more information about Heritage Winnipeg, you can go to their website by clicking here.
Picture Your Winnipeg Wedding
A blog post with beautiful examples of wedding photos that have been taken using the building’s various interior spaces as a backdrop. winnipegweddings.blogspot.ca
Heritage Winnipeg Blog
A blog post on the history of the Millennium Centre and future plans for the building. www.heritagewinnipeg.blogspot.ca
City of Winnipeg Historical Report
The official historical report for the building and property at 389 Main Street. www.winnipeg.ca
Winnipeg Downtown Places Blog
A history of Winnipeg’s downtown, building by building, including 389 Main Street. www.winnipegdowntownplaces.blogspot.ca
Heritage Winnipeg Website
The website of Heritage Winnipeg Corp., an organization that advocates for Winnipeg’s built heritage. www.heritagewinnipeg.com
Virtual Heritage Winnipeg
A virtual tour of many of Winnipeg’s heritage buildings, including the Millennium Centre. www.virtual.heritagewinnipeg.com