2018 Spring Fundraising Luncheon

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone supported our 12th Annual Spring Fundraising Luncheon! This year's event was held in the Provencher Room at the Fort Garry Hotel, with John Pollard giving a fantastic presentation on his experience owning and conserving the Fortune and Macdonald Blocks.

Our sincerest gratitude goes to the Speaker of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Myrna Driedger for opening the luncheon, John Pollard for his wonderful presentation and the staff at the Fort Garry Hotel for their excellent hospitality.

Funds raised from this year's luncheon will be used to support the valuable work of Heritage Winnipeg. 

THANK YOU!


John Pollard speaking about his experiences with the Fortune and Macdonald Blocks


Speaker of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Myrna Driedger and Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg, Cindy Tugwell


2018 Spring Fundraising Luncheon at the Fort Garry Hotel

 


Congratulations to the 2018 Annual Preservation Awards Winners!

Heritage Winnipeg held the 33rd Annual Preservation Awards in celebration of National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day in the Manitoba Legislative Building Rotunda on Monday, February 19, 2018. Six buildings were recognized at the event, with the individuals and institutions behind their conservation success being honoured with awards. Heritage Winnipeg is pleased to congratulate the winners on their outstanding contributions to ensuring Winnipeg’s built heritage will continue to contribute positively to the city for many years to come!
 
Heritage Winnipeg would also like to thank WOW Hospitality Concepts for catering the event and the Manitoba Legislative Building for hosting the event.

 
2018 Heritage Winnipeg
Conservation Award of Excellence

 

INSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATION AWARD
Manitoba Legislative Chamber at 450 Broadway
The Province of Manitoba & Republic Architecture Inc.


 
COMMERCIAL CONSERVATION AWARD
Inglis Building (NWCTA) at 291 Garry Street
Metric Marketing, Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd.
& Alpha Masonry Ltd.


 
COMMERCIAL CONSERVATION AWARD
Former William E. Milner House at 51 Balmoral Avenue
Great-West Life Assurance Company & Prairie Architects Inc.

“We are very pleased to receive this award, recognizing the revitalization we undertook of the historic Milner house,” said Jennifer Diakiw Labuik, Design Manager, Corporate Properties, when she accepted the award on behalf of Great-West. “This home has begun a new life as the Building Blocks on Balmoral child care centre for 100 children in our community.”
Image and quote from Great West Life Assurance Company


 
INSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATION AWARD
Leatherdale Hall - addition to Wesley Hall at 515 Portage Avenue
University of Winnipeg & Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd.

 
COMMERCIAL CONSERVATION AWARD
Confederation Life Building at 457 Main Street
Shindico Realty Inc., Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd. & B & F Masonry Canada


 

2018 Heritage Winnipeg
Special President’s Award

 

COMMERCIAL COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION
Armstrong Block at 164 Langside Street
The Armstrong Family


In Memoriam - CELINE KEAR (Nee Power)

Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating the life of Celine Kear at the Millennium Centre on October 19th, 2017. Special thanks to Celine's sisters, Maureen Roche, Mary Power, Pauline Lake and Bernadette Cocker, WOW Hospitality and all those who made a donation in memory of Celine.

Celine will be deeply missed by everyone at Heritage Winnipeg
 for her unwavering commitment, dedication, and passion to our organization and our city over the many years of her involvement. 

 
Thank you to the following individuals for their donations to Heritage Winnipeg in memory of Celine Kear: 
 
David McDowell Richard Girling
Nancy Klos Carolyn Wilkinson
Dianne Beaven Carol Scott
Marie Ohta Glen Merritt
John Lehr Lawrence Hodkinson
Joyce Reshaur John Pollard
Bruce McNeice Vicky Armanios
Beverley Watts Kirk & Sonia Kuppers
Robert Darling Mary Power
Bernadette Cocker Marina Plett-Lyle
Maureen Roche Pauline Lake
Mick Hersak Graham Watson
Phyllis Watson Doris Lemoine
Joyce MacMartin Ellen Peel
Corinne Tellier Mary Lynn & Harry Duckworth
A. Hilda Wagstaffe
 
 

Celine Kear, Chair of the Heritage Winnipeg Fundraising Commitee
and MC at the spring luncheons at the Fort Garry Hotel in 2013

It is with great sadness that Heritage Winnipeg acknowledges the passing of Celine Kear on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.  Celine was long-time supporter of and advocate for Winnipeg's built heritage. 

Celine Kear had many decades of experience in the volunteer sector and the charitable non-profit heritage community.  She has served on the Dalnavert Management Committee and on the Board of The Friends of the Ralph Connor House (FRCH). She is a past president of both the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) and Heritage Winnipeg (HW), and has completed a two –year term as president of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. (CFUW)  She taught at Vincent Massey School for many years, and part-time at the University of Winnipeg. Celine was bilingual and she was also an experienced fundraiser.

Heritage Winnipeg Board Member 1998-2010
President, Heritage Winnipeg - 2004-2006
Past President, Heritage Winnipeg - 2007-2010
Chair of the HW Fundraising Committee, and host of HW Fundraising committee events 2006-2016
Doors Open Winnipeg, annual volunteer chair of hosting guests at the Lieutenant Governor’s house for their levee.
Recipient of the Heritage Winnipeg Lifetime Achievement award in 2016 for her volunteer efforts in the heritage community.

 

Celine Kear at the HW fall fundraiser at the historic Kantor House
(Moss House) in 2011.

Mahers Funeral Home -  Click here for a full obituary
An obituary will also be in the Winnipeg Free Press on Saturday, September 16, 2017.


 

Heritage Winnipeg makes bid to save lavish Oak Room at the St. Regis Hotel: UPDATE

Heritage Winnipeg is proud to have worked with Brock Coutts in successfully preserving the Oak Room from the St. Regis Hotel! The Oak Room will be incorporated into Coutts' purposed whisky distillery, Patent 5, which will be located in the Dominion Express Company Building, a heritage building at 108-112 Alexander Avenue. Heritage Winnipeg is grateful for the corporation of Fortress Real Developments and Edenshaw Developments in the removal of the Oak Room from the St. Regis Hotel.

From the CBC: Whisky producer eyes warehouse on the edge of Winnipeg's Exchange District



August 3, 2017:

Heritage Winnipeg hopes to preserve the historic Oak Room at the St. Regis Hotel, which is set to be demolished in August.

From the CBC:

With just weeks before the building is set to be demolished, Heritage Winnipeg is hoping to preserve the grandeur of the St. Regis Hotel's Oak Room. 

Just as its name says, the century-old banquet area is extensively panelled in oak, where it has a storied history on the first floor of the old hotel on Smith Street.

Fortress Real Developments plans to build a commercial space and parkade after the demolition of the building begins in August

"What we'd like to see is some help or some support with the city and maybe someone in the private sector to help us dismantle the room, preserve it ... ultimately to be showcased in another heritage building," said Cindy Tugwell, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg

Please visit the CBC's website to read the rest the full article.

"Fall" back into reading with the Heritage Winnipeg Blog!

Visit the Official Blog of Heritage Winnipeg to learn about the latest heritage issues in Winnipeg and uncover the history of our fascinating buildings.

August Blog Posts:
· 
The Confederation Life Building - An Historic Skyscraper Soaring Into the 21st Century
· Priceless Heritage on the Crescent
· The Royal Albert Hotel - Crown Jewel in the Exchange
· The Upper Fort Garry Heritage Wall - Illuminating Manitoba's History
· St. Boniface Fire Hall No. 1 - Reigniting a Heritage Treasure?

September Blog Posts:
· 
Historic Roof Preservation Around the Globe
· The Role of Digital Media in the Preservation of Historical Sites and Buildings

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Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with a commemorative Canada 150 print by artist Robert Sweeney



Closing the Doors on the 14th Annual Doors Open Winnipeg Event

It was a time to celebrate at the 2017 Doors Open Winnipeg Volunteer Reception and People's Choice Awards at the King's Head Pub in the Exchange. Heritage Winnipeg hosted the event, thanking the dedicated volunteers in attendance who helped to make Doors Open Winnipeg a successful event. Over 500 volunteers helped make this year's event the biggest, most successful event to date. It was also the seventh year in which the People's Choice Awards were held.

The People's Choice Awards represent five categories, Best Restoration, Best Guided Tour or Programming, Best Architecture, Best Experience and the Hidden Gem. Online voting was open to the public, showcasing 91 amazing buildings and walking tours. Hundreds of votes poured in the week following Doors Open Winnipeg, making for a close race in several of the categories. In the end, the votes were tallied and the winners were rewarded for their efforts with framed original drawings of their buildings by local artist Robert Sweeney.

BEST RESTORATION - DALNAVERT MUSEUM




BEST ARCHITECTURE - THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HUMAN RIGHTS



BEST OVERALL EXPERIENCE - THE WHITE HOUSE


BEST TOUR OR PROGRAMMING OR TOUR - THE VAUGHAN STREET JAIL


THE 'HIDDEN' GEM - MCBETH HOUSE



Please visit the Heritage Winnipeg blog for a short biography on each of this years winners.

Doors open 2017: Open Call for Volunteers



Voice Your Support! Federal Incentives for the Rehabilitation of Canada's Historic Places

Update from the National Trust of Canada -
Thanks to your efforts and the letters written by many heritage supporters, MPs voted in the House of Commons today, March 23, 2017 to send Bill C-323 to theStanding Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development – an important step in making tax incentives a reality!
 
Take a moment to savour this historic milestone in the 40 year campaign to achieve tax incentives for historic places in Canada.
We urge you to thank your MP for voting YES. Find out here how your MP voted.

Where are we in the process?

Second Reading Vote to Send to Committee
Passed, Thursday, March 23

Committee Stage
The Committee has up to 60 sitting days to consider it, make any amendments, and bring it back to Parliament.

Report Stage Reading (Back to House of Commons)
There will be debate (two one-hour sessions) and voting on proposed amendments the following week. The process could take up to 30 days.

Third Reading
More debate (two one-hour sessions) and a vote – if passed, the Bill goes to Senate for debate and passing, Royal Assent, and becomes law.

Considering there are only between 33 and 44 sitting days left in the Parliamentary Calendar before the summer break, we are unsure if how far the Bill will proceed this spring.What’s next?  We still have work to do!  Your continued support will be needed to ensure that members of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development are aware that Canadian communities need the measures proposed in Bill C-323.
 

Update March 17 – House of Commons to vote on Bill C-323 on Thursday, March 23. Vote will either kill Bill or send it to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development for further discussion. It’s not too late to contact your local MP!

Update March 2 – Second hour of House of Commons debate on Heritage Tax Bill C-323 may be set for Thursday, March 9. Vote to kill bill or to send committee – March 22.

Update Feb. 13 – First hour of debate on Heritage Tax Bill C-323 took place in House of Commons

On December 1, 2016, a Private Members Bill to create tax credits for historic places was tabled in the House of Commons. Bill C-323 – An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic Property) – is based on a great US success story with a 40- year track record. This Bill presents an historic opportunity to tell elected officials from every political party that Canada’s historic places matter, and that federal actions can help save and renew them.
 
About Bill C-323
 
Bill C-323 includes the creation of:
 
  • A 20% tax credit on eligible costs of rehabilitation work done to designated historic places (commercial & owner-occupied residential); and
  • An accelerated Capital Cost Allowance (25%/50%/25%) for eligible capitalized costs incurred under the same conditions of the tax credit (commercial only)
 
These two tax measures would transform the economic fundamentals for renewing historic places. In the process would create more skilled jobs and generate less carbon and new construction.

 
What can you do?
 
You’ll find information about Bill C-323 and background materials to help you take action below.
 
1. Write to your MP, or ask for a meeting, or both! Point to historic places in your riding that need this kind of financial measure – especially those at risk!
 
Here is a link to find your MP by postal code: https://goo.gl/Yt9R9q
 
2. Write a letter to the Minister of the Environment, who is responsible for built heritage in Canada.  A real letter is much more effective than an e-mail!

The Honourable Catherine McKenna MP
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
200 Sacre-Coeur Boulevard
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

http://ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca

If you would like to learn more about the proposed measure please do not hesitate to contact us at our Heritage Winnipeg offices:

Office: 204-942-2663
Email: http://info@heritagewinnipeg.com

Full text of Bill C-323:

https://goo.gl/nkQQMy

National Trust for Canada Webpage:
https://goo.gl/nuyX06








 




 
 
 
 
 
 

The 32nd Annual Heritage Preservation Awards

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who attended our 32nd Annual Heritage Preservation Awards, which were held in Celebration Hall at the Millennium Centre (former Bank of Commerce) at 389 Main Street.  Heritage Winnipeg was proud to celebrate National Heritage Day, Louis Riel Day and Canada's 150th anniversary on Monday, February 20, 2017 as part of our event.

A special thank you to the caters, WOW Hospitality Concepts for helping to make our event a success!
For information about booking events at the Millennium Centre check out their website at WOW Hospitality Concepts Inc.

This year, we honoured two outstanding companies that have contributed to the economic, cultural, and social fabric of the City of Winnipeg.

The Conservation Commercial Award was given to the owners Trotzdem Inc., and the general contractors Oakhaven Properties, for their sensitive and innovative rehabilitation of the Dawson building, located at 171 McDermot Avenue.  This Award recognizes the special efforts in specific projects which protect, conserve and reuse structures of high historic or architectural value. Heritage Winnipeg applauds them for their attention to detail, and for taking every impediment as a design challenge. 


Main Floor of the Dawson building at 171 McDermot - FORTH is a great place for delicious coffee and food.  You can check out their website at FORTH.

Forth Art Gallery on the lower level

Roasting machine on the main floor in Forth Cafe

Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell with
Norman Nikkel, owner of 171 McDermot Avenue.


General Contractor, Paul Nikkel accepting the award on
behalf of Oakhaven Properties.


The Distinguished Service Award
was presented to Leon A Brown Ltd, for the family's dedication and commitment to the heritage community in the City of Winnipeg for 90 years. This award recognizes the special contribution of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg's built heritage. Their contributions, through heritage building ownership, have contributed immensely to the architectural, cultural and economic development of Winnipeg's downtown and the historic Exchange District. 

Check out the company's website at Leon A. Brown Ltd. for a list of the many heritage buildings owned by the company.
 
Bobby Brown and Heritage Winnipeg Director Cindy Tugwell
Family member Bob Brown accepting the Distinguished Service Award

Heritage Winnipeg would also like to gratefully acknowledge and thank The Manitoba Living History Society for helping celebrate Canada 150 in their 1867 costumes.
The Manitoba Living History Society.






Musician, Joshua Ranville performed three songs on his guitar special
for this event, THANK YOU!  Check out his information at -
Joshua Ranville



Greg Agnew, Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, gave a presentation in celebration of Canada 150

The Millennium Centre (former Bank of Commerce) - Interior shots





Front foyer

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