The 2013 Award Winners:
Asper School of Business - 2nd Floor, 177 Lombard Avenue
Awarded to the Asper School of Business for their commitment to the redevelopment of the entire 2nd floor of this prominent landmark building
Accepted by Steve Vieweg (left), Director of Executive Education at Asper School of Business. Award presented by Greg Thomas (right), Manitoba Governor of Heritage Canada
Accepted by Mike Ibister (left), Principal of LM Architectural Group. Award presented by Greg Thomas (right), Manitoba Governor of Heritage Canada
Metropolitan Entertainment Centre - 281 Donald Street
Awarded to Canad Inns for their stewardship and commitment to the restoration and rehabilitation of this historic theatre, thus ensuring its long-term economic viability within the historic downtown
Accepted by Paul Robson (right), CEO of Canad Inns. Award presented by Penny McMillan (left), Past President of Heritage Winnipeg.
Accepted by Dave Lalama (right), Number Ten Architectural Group. Award presented by Penny McMillan (left), Past President of Heritage Winnipeg.
Paterson Global Foods Institute - 504 Main Street
Awarded to Red River College for their stewardship and commitment to the extraordinary rehabilitation initiatives undertaken to conserve the tower and banking hall, ensuring a long term future for this prominent landmark building
Accepted by Diana Ready (right), VP Finance and Administration of Red River College. Award Presented by Lisa Gardewine (left), First Vice President of Heritage Winnipeg
Awarded to Prairie Partnership Architects for the rehabilitation initiatives undertaken, including innovative design work as well as structural and building code upgrading, to conserve the tower and banking hall
Accepted by Dudley Thompson and Blaine Repko, Prairie Partnership Architects. Award Presented by Lisa Gardewine (left), First Vice President of Heritage Winnipeg
The Avenue on Portage - 265 Portage Avenue
Awarded to Rick and Mark Hofer (owners) for their wonderful urban mixed-use revitalization project, which was a bold gesture in the adaptive re-use of two buildings on the Portage Avenue streetscape
Accepted by Paul Hiebert (left), on behalf of the owners who were both unable to attend. Award presented by Jordan van Sewell (right), President of Heritage Winnipeg
Accepted by Zach Pauls (left), Architect at 5468796 Architecture. Award Presented by Jordan van Sewell (right), President of Heritage Winnipeg
Fort Garry Hotel - 222 Broadway
Awarded to Rick Bell and Ida Albo (owners) for their long withstanding commitment to conserve and enhance an outstanding Winnipeg heritage landmark and institution, including their work to celebrate the building's hundredth anniversary and to launch it into its next century
Accepted by Rick Bell (centre) and Ida Albo (right), owners of The Fort Garry Hotel. Award presented by Nancy Klos (left), Board Member of Heritage Winnipeg
This year Heritage Winnipeg is recognizing special efforts in specific projects completed in 2012, to protect, conserve, and reuse structures of high historic or architectural value. Heritage conservation awards may be given specifically for commercial, institutional, or residential projects, that involve the sensitive and adaptive use and/or re-use of these structures and provide for their long-term protection.
In addition our Distinguished Service 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.
This year's nominees are:
The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre at 281 Donald Street
Owner - Canad Inns
Paterson Global Foods Institute (former Union Bank Building) - 504 Main Street
Owner- Red River College
The Avenue on Portage - 265 Portage Avenue
Owners - Rick & Mark Hofer
Sussex Realty (former Abbott Clinic) - 274 Osborne Street North
Owners - Sussex Realty
The Inglis (NWCTA) Building - 291 Garry Street
Owner - John McDonald of Metric Marketing
Asper School of Business - 2nd floor, 177 Lombard Avenue (former Great West Life building)
Distinguished Service Award - Rick Bel and Ida Albo, owners of the Fort Garry Hotel
Please note: Awards Winners will be announced at the event.
Thank you to this year's Judging Committee:
Jennifer Hansell, City of Winnipeg
Neil Einarson, Province of Manitoba
Wins Bridgman, Architect
Jim Kacki, Architect
Les Stechesen, Architect
On June 14th, 2012 at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, Heritage Winnipeg presented an award ceremony for those buildings identified by the visitors of Doors Open Winnipeg 2012 as the best exemplars of the various facets of heritage.
Five Awards were given out, one in each of the following categories: best restoration, best tour, best architecture, the hidden gem and best experience.
Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell welcomed everyone to the event.
Heritage Winnipeg 1st Vice President and local artist Jordan van Sewell gave his welcome from the board and shared a few words about the pieces of art given out as awards.
And the Award winners are….
#1 Best Restoration: Barber House
Presenting: Jennifer Hansell, Heritage Planner from the sponsor City of Winnipeg.
Accepting: Sandy Dzedzore, Chair of SISTARS and Rick Caslake, Coordinator/Program Manager at the North Point Douglas Seniors Association.
Barber House is one of Winnipeg’s oldest homes. The story of Barber House is an epic one of perseverant tough-as-nails survival, as this former house of pioneer journalist and businessman E.L. Barber has survived several fires over the years. As those connected to the House like to say, the grand old lady was too tough to destroy. The endurance and recent restoration of the Barber House is a metaphor for the endurance and current rehabilitation of the entire Point Douglas neighbourhood. The votes are in, and many Winnipegers are on board.
#2 Best Tour: Manitoba Law Courts
Presenting: Clare McKay, Vice-President of Marketing and Communications of the sponsor Forks North Portage.
Accepting: Cheryl Kyritz and Diane Dixon, volunteer tour guides at the Law Courts.
Those participating in the guided 45-minute tour from the Law Courts got a chance to see the beautiful interior spaces of some of the highest courts in Manitoba. In addition to seeing Courtroom 330 (the Manitoba Court of Appeal) and Courtroom 210 (the Court of Queen’s Bench), those on the tour visited the Great Library. Hundreds of visitors nervously interacted with Courtroom 210: kids and adults alike, enjoyed sitting in the chairs of the judges, counsel and jury. While sheepish at first, more than a few put on a stern face and mimicked the motion of slamming a gavel down for silence. The tour guides patiently pointed out that Canadian justices do not use gavels. The engaging tour guides and rich symbolism of the building ensured that no one will soon forget the Law Courts.
#3 Hidden Gem: Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga
Presenting: Geoff Kirbyson representing sponsor Winnipeg Free Press.
Accepting: Reverend Michael Buyachok, Pastor.
With a capacity of over a thousand, it might come as a surprise that Winnipegers choose a beautiful (but massive) Cathedral as the hidden gem. However, once you enter into the Cathedral, it becomes clear what the real hidden gems are. In addition to containing the beautiful rose-stained glass window depicting the patrons: Saints Vladimir and Olga, the Cathedral houses some of the finest Icon paintings and stained glass windows in Canada. 16 of the 34 stained glass windows are the work of world famous artist and sculpter Leo Mol. The Cathedral is simultaneously both a visible and a hidden gem of Winnipeg.
#4 Best Overall Experience: Historical Museum of St. James
Presenting: Matt Komus, Coordinator for the City of Winnipeg Museums Board.
Accepting: Barry Hillman, School Programs and Special Events Coordinator, Historical Museum of St. James Assiniboia
Winnipegers were invited to return to a time past at the St. James Museum….and they did…and they loved it! Visitors were able to visit the three historical buildings on site: The William Brown Red River Frame House (constructed way back in 1856), the historic Municipal Hall, and the Display Building housing artifacts of blacksmithing, farming and transportation. In the William Brown House, trained interpreters transported visitors back to early Manitoba pioneer life in late 19th century. For the second year in a row, Winnipegers have let Doors Open and the St. James Museum know that they love the site, the programming and St. James history in general.
#5 Best Architecture: Manitoba Legislative Building
Presenting: Jordan van Sewell, Heritage Winnipeg Board 1st Vice President.
Accepting: Unfortunately, the province of Manitoba did not send a representative.
The Legislative Building, or ‘ledge’ is one of the finest public buildings, not just in Manitoba, but across North America! The ledge formally opened on July 15th, 1920 on the 50th anniversary of Manitoba’s confederation. The impressive architecture in Beaux Arts style and the intriguing interior and exterior art have only become more renowned with time. While the Ledge provides tours year round, every year during Doors Open, Winnipegers flock to see the life-sized North American bison on the grand staircase, the Pool of the Black Star beneath the Rotunda antechamber and the other treasures within this Frank W. Simon and Henry Boddington III creation. For the second year in a row, Winnipegers have proudly proclaimed that this Manitoba landmark has the best architecture in the city.
Congratulations again to all the winners of this years Doors Open Awards. Thank you to everyone who cast their votes and thank you to our generous sponsors for helping to make the event happen.
One final shout-out goes to Greg Delorme, Volunteer Coordinator who did an incredible job helping with the Doors Open event.
The Winnipeg Trolley Company presents Sam's Spiel - a new one-person play by Danny Schur - on a moving heritage trolley. Travel back to 1919 as journalist of the era, as you rove the streets of Winnipeg with Sam Lockhart on the day that would come to be known as "Bloody Saturday". Starring Justin Schafer as Sam Lockhart.
Departing from the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe (237 McDermot at Arthur) at 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 23rd. $25/ticket. Advance tickets only. Capacity 30. Call 226-TOUR (8687).
Enjoy lunch at the Winnipeg Free Press Cafe, prior to the performance (meal extra) and join Danny Schur for an after-performance historical discussion at the News Cafe as well. The Winnipeg Trolley Company heritage trolley, with its striking orange and cream colour-scheme, has been refurbished to resemble a Winnipeg streetcar, circa 1921.
For further information, contact Benjamin Gilles at 226-TOUR or Danny Schur at 227-1167.
While the intersection is a cultural icon of Winnipeg today, it began less auspiciously as a ridiculed location for a new general store owned by Henry McKenney and John Christian Shultz. At the time, the site of the general store raised a few eyebrows and corners of mouths from the large (sort of) settlement communities in Point Douglas and Upper Fort Garry. However, several other buildings sprung up over the following years and Portage and Main became a relatively important commercial area.
What is particularly fun about that little history is that by 1870 the population of ‘Winnipeg’ (remember, not incorporated until 1873) was only 100 people. Reverend George Young, arriving to his new home, described Winnipeg as follows:
Sounds charming. However, with the entry of Manitoba into confederation in 1870 (pop quiz: what date was that!? Only 5% of Manitobans surveyed know!), the population of Winnipeg exploded around the distinctive corner. Here we are, one hundred and fifty years later with an intersection that defined, continues to define, and will probably always define our great city.
While you have already missed the birthday cake, it is not to late to enjoy celebrating the beautiful and fascinating history of Canada's windiest and coldest corner (disclaimer: that is not so much a 'science' fact as a everyone-in-Winnipeg-knows-it-to-be-true fact). Follow the links!
Archival photos from the Winnipeg Free Press.
Archival photos from the University of Manitoba Archives.
Seven stories about Portage and Main from West End Dumplings.
Gordon Sinclair Jr. on getting the party started.
City of Winnipeg birthday wishes (two very cool photos).
And check out the following birthday wishes (Hat Tip: Christian Cassidy):
Winnipeg O’ My Heart
Love me, love my Winnipeg
The cold cold ground
Produced, edited and partially shot by Brooke Clayton. Click here to enjoy
Training sessions will be provided and there will be a choice of shifts to be worked. If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out the volunteer form. Thanks to all of our volunteers who help make our event an overwhelming success each year! For more information, contact the Executive Director at email@example.com or call 942-2663.
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Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the Fort Garry Hotel as our host and sponsor of the event and in addition to Rae and Jerry's restaurant for their donation. The fabulous raffle prize was won by architect Wins Bridgman. A big thank you to the fundraising committee for all their hard work, and a special thanks to the City of Winnipeg for their support.
Winnipeg Modern books are available at the HW office for $49.99 taxes included.
Emcee Celine Kear
Councillor Brian Mayes
Michel Legace - Grace
Patrons at event
Herbert Enns - Presenter
Wins Bridgman - Raffle Winner
Stacy Dyck - Committee Member
Friday, March 30, 2012 noon – 1:30pm, Fort Garry Hotel, Provencher room Tickets are now available for purchase at HW office. $ 65.00 for members and $ 70.00 for non-members (tax deductible receipt provided).
Come and join us to support the work that we do at Heritage Winnipeg. Enjoy a hot lunch and get to know more about Winnipeg’s Modern Architecture with a presentation by Herbert Enns. He is a professor of Architecture at University of Manitoba. Click here to see the invitation.
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Please join us in exploring the rich history of the Orioles CC, one of our neighbourhood landmarks.
We will have some photos, newspaper articles, and memorabilia on display but we need your help! Do you have pictures of yourself or your children playing at the Orioles Community Centre? Images of the building? Memorabilia from past sports teams or clubs?
Please bring them to share; we would love to see them and listen to your memories.
A special thank you to all the awards winners and all the participants! Please click here to see the program which includes all the nominations of this year's awards.
Kevin Lamoureux, M.P. Winnipeg North
Flor Marcelino, Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism
Justin Swandel, Deputy Mayor
Kantor/Moss House- 218 Roslyn Rd.- Jim Kacki (HW Board Member) presents award to Carol Beardsley on behalf of Nancy Embry, the owner
Barber House- 99 Euclid Ave.- Jordan van Sewell (1st Vice President) presents award to Sandy Dzedzora on behalf of SISTARS, the onwers
Barber House- Jordan van Sewell (1st Vice President) presents award to Wins Bridgman (Architect, Bridgman Collaborative Architecture)
Celine Kear(on the right) for lifetime achievement of volunteering in the heritage industry, Margaret Morse(on the left)
Rick Caslake(on the right), Volunteer Coordinator and Program Manager of North Point Douglas Senior Association