Never Letter Go: The Evolution Of 765 Main Street

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Community Support / July 23rd, 2021

No building is ever completely finished. 

Our work here is only beginning.

Vincent Design is for connection and communication, just like the mail that crossed the country when the first transcontinental railway was completed by the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1885. 

Winnipeg, as the Western Canadian rail hub, was an important part of Canada’s mail system. In 1924, CPR completed the construction of Postal Station A at 765 Main Street, where you’ll find Vincent Design on the 3rd floor today.

Finding the space in the Social Enterprise Centre came after two previous moves for a business that started in founder Shaun Vincent’s basement in 2007. St. Mary’s Road was the first, and Henderson Highway the second home for the company before coming to the current location three years ago. 

Vincent Design client Aki Foods provided Shaun’s first view to the building’s potential when he visited their offices and learned there was space available. The area, previously used for storage, was a blank slate. Renovations transformed the wide open expanse. A boardroom and work zone walls, storage space and systems for keeping the temperature comfortable in Winnipeg’s wide-ranging climate were installed and staff moved in.

Office before renovations
Office today

While the office has been underpopulated in the last 16 months as employees worked safely from home, things are getting lively in the office once more as our team approaches fully-vaccinated status. For new employees who joined during the pandemic, it will be their first time at 765. 

The building’s structural system of reinforced concrete and posts and wooden beams have held strong for nearly 100 years. Now if only we could design a wifi network to do the same…

It’s said more importance was placed on the building’s strength than any aesthetic details of its design. While creating work of enduring strength and quality are emblematic of founder and creative director Shaun Vincent’s work, developing rich and meaningful visuals are integral to delivering the message.

Signed, sealed and delivered.

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Vincent Design would like to acknowledge that we are in Treaty 1 territory and that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation.