Winnipeg 50's 60's 70's

Click here to view a video containing photos of Winnipeg during the 50's, 60's, and 70's

A NFB Presentation: 100-Year-Old Union Station in Winnipeg

A National Film Board of Canada presentation on the 100-year-old Union Station in Winnipeg, enjoy some great shots of Winnipeg.

Click here to view.

Historic Home Fundraiser A Great Success!

Heritage Winnipeg was very pleased to hold our annual fall fundraiser at the Moss/Kantor House. The evening was a great success!


President: Penny McMilan (centre)


Celine Kear





A special thank you to the owner of Moss/Kantor House for allowing us to hold our event there.


Many thanks to Storm Catering for the wonderful food,  Stephanie Ballard’s Landscape Dancing and her dancers from Drive Dance Company and piano player Bert Johnson for the entertainment.  Also our tour guides Megan Wells, Celine Kear and Herbert Stewart.

Thank you to everyone who attended this evening and supported Heritage Winnipeg.


Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank Alpha Masonry Ltd., for their generous sponsorship of this event and their support of Heritage Winnipeg.

Alpha Masonry Ltd. is involved in construction, restoration and repair. They have been operating in Winnipeg since 1960. Over the years, they have been involved in many heritage projects.


MONEY TALKS: Tales from Bankersí Row

Greg Agnew from Heritage Winnipeg presented a visual presentation of Winnipeg’s “Bankers’ Row” at noon on December 5, in the Carol Shields Auditorium at the Millennium Library.


By the turn of the century, between City Hall and Portage and Main there existed over 20 banks and financial institutions. Greg dressed in period costume and entertained his audience with tall tales of this vibrant historic area.



Thank you Greg for a great presentation and to the Millennium Library!

Heritage Winnipeg products available online!

Heritage Winnipeg is proud to announce that we are now offering our products in our online store.
Visit the online store to browse Streetcar '356' t-shirts, our historic map of Winnipeg, and Randy Rostecki's history of Armstrong's Point.

Also, check out Robert Sweeney's sketches in our online store.

Airport Terminal Memories: Two CBC Videos

CBC has put up two great videos about the 1964 Winnipeg air terminal on their website.

Here is a look back at memories of the terminal, including an interview with Bernard Brown, one of the original designers, and excellent archival footage of famous landings at the airport. The video is about 3 minutes.

Here is a documentary CBC did on the airport when it first opened in 1964. About 12 minutes long.

Success at City Hall: Monte Cassino Court and Milner House!

Success! Two historic buildings have been saved from the wrecking ball recently. 

Monte Cassino Court, 639 Portage Ave.

The Standing Policy Committee on Downtown Development, Heritage and Riverbank Management, at their October 3 meeting, recommended that "the former Monte Cassino Court Building, 639 Portage Avenue, remain on the Inventory of Buildings under the terms of Historical Buildings By-law No. 1474/77, as the proposed development for this property is not being proceeded with."

This recommendation was ratified by City Council on October 19.

The minutes of the October 3 meeting can be found here (pdf).

See our previous posts on Monte Cassino court here (Sept 12) and here (Sept 2).

Milner House, 51 Balmoral St.

The Standing
Policy Committee on Downtown Development, Heritage and Riverbank Management, at their October 31 meeting, recommended that "Milner House, 51 Balmoral Street, not be removed from the Buildings Conservation List under the terms of the Historical Buildings By-law No. 1474/77.

This recommendation will go on to the Executive Policy Committee and City Council.

The minutes of the October 31 meeting can be found here (pdf).

See our previous post on Milner House here (Sept 2).

We congratulate the City Councillors, especially Councillors Swandel, Gerbasi, Havixbeck, and Browaty, for wisely opting to protect these buildings. They are safe from demolition for the time being. This provides an opportunity for proposals of viable re-uses for these historical buildings. Lets hope that the owners can come to the table with interested parties and work out a solution that will benefit Winnipeg as a whole. Lets have more successes like these!

Upper Fort Garry Update: Grain Exchange Curling Club Demolition

Demolition has begun on the Grain Exchange Curling Club to make way for construction of the Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park and Interpretive Centre. David McDowell photographed the beginning of demolition.
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Hermetic Code Tour being marketed as premiere tourist destination

See the story in the Winnipeg Free Press here.

"The secret design elements of the Manitoba Legislative Building are now being marketed as part of an international tourism campaign. The Canadian Tourism Commission announced this morning that it has added the Hermetic Code Tour to its list of premiere tourist destinations." - Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 19, 2011

Manitoba Legislative Building

The Hermetic Code tour is based on the book by architectural historian Frank Albo. The book explores the occult and mythological symbolism built into the Legislative building and the Masonic connections of its architecture.

Frank Albo's website can be found here.


Frank Albo. source: Winnipeg Free Press

Airport Terminal Getting Attention

Update December 2011: Unfortunately, the old airport terminal has been demolished. Some of the artwork on display at the old terminal can still be found in Winnipeg at the University of Manitoba, while some of the artwork was sent to Ottawa for display in a museum. Read here for more information.

Winnipeg's modernist air terminal is in danger of demolition once the new terminal opens at the end of October. Heritage Winnipeg has been advocating for its preservation and adaptive re-use. The threat to the Winnipeg Airport terminal has been getting a lot of media attention this week. Below are a few of the highlights.

CBC has an online poll asking whether the 1964 air terminal is worth saving. Please take a moment to vote here.

Gordon Sinclair, Jr. wrote a column in the Winnipeg Free Press: "Why Our Terminal Shouldn't Be Terminated"
Read the article here.

Elizabeth Fleming also had an article in the Winnipeg Free Press's View from the West: "Don't Rush To Demolish Heritage"
Read the article here.

Terry MacLeod interviewed Arni Thorsteinson of Shelter Canadian Properties on CBC Information Radio. Mr. Thorsteinson spoke about a proposal by Shelter Canadian to use part of the air terminal for commercial space and to renovate part of it to house the Western Canada Aviation Museum.
Listen to the interview here.

Steven Stothers has dug up a 1964 article on the Winnipeg air terminal, as well other modernist terminals in Canada, from Canadian Arts magazine. It provides some perspective on the impact of the art and architecture of the terminal when it was originally built.
Check it out here.

We will keep you posted on further developments regarding the 1964 Winnipeg air terminal. Don't forget to vote in the CBC poll!

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