The newly opened Adelaide Mini-Storage in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, converted from one of the city’s heritage buildings, is part of the renaissance of the Exchange District National Historic Site. The 350-unit self-storage facility was created from an 80-year-old, four-story, brick and stone building, and several of its units feature secret doors that lead to curious passageways.
The building originally served as the Adelaide Street Stables for City Dairy & Silverwood Western Dairies. Some of the units have a second door on the back wall that leads to odd stairwells and compartments that were used to lead dairy-cart horses to the upper floors. There is also evidence that motorized vehicles were once used in these passages.
The facility is managed by Gwen Pasveer and Glenn Tewnion, a husband-and-wife team. It is owned in part by Shelley Hagen, a Calgary-based real estate investor. The building was listed at $1.5 million and cost less than $5 million to develop, Hagen said.
Multi-story self-storage building and conversion projects are becoming more popular throughout Canada, according to George Gray, president of Grayveld Builders Corp., Based in Barrie, Ontario.
Source: Winnipeg Free Press, Unique white knight for heritage