russel downtown revitalization
Client: The Town of Russell
The revitalization of the Town of Russell’s main street builds on the town’s history as a vibrant, distinctive, multi-cultural, rural Manitoba tourist destination. BridgmanCollaborative Architecture facilitated workshops with the community to create a plan for a more coherent, creative and distinctive appearance in Russell’s downtown core. Business and property owners assisted in developing their storefronts as part of Russell’s revitalization process. Arches were incorporated over the cross streets along Russell Main Street. The rib arch laminated wood beams were acquired from the disassembled Dauphin Arena. These arches help define Main Street as an “old world” outdoor market and provide a beginning and end to the street. The arches, from acquisition to the present, tell a story of community ingenuity. The arches, along with the re-imagined storefronts, help give downtown Russell the desired unique, vibrant feel. The project was completed in 2007.