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.

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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Frontlines: Exhibit A - Investigating the Public Safety Building & Lands

Thank you to everyone who came out to listen to the presentations and panel discussion regarding this important initiative.  Special thanks to Storefront Manitoba and CentreVenture Development Corporation for faciliating this event.
This was session 1 of 3  of the Storefront Manitoba Frontlines series.  Heritage Winnipeg participated in the panel discussion to investigate future options for the Public Safety Building and Market Lands. For further details visit:

Storefront Manitoba

CentreVenture Development Corporation




Crocus Building renamed the McKim Building

Heritage Winnipeg is very pleased to announce the Crocus building, located at 211 Bannatyne Avenue, in the Exchange District, a national historic site, (formerly named the J.H. Ashdown Hardware Store) is now officially called The McKim Building, named for McKim Communications Group - www.mckimcg.ca.  For years many Winnipeggers have been waiting patiently for this historic building to be renamed.  A brand new sign is now shining high above the sidewalk on the Main Street facade. Congratulations!


McKim Communications Group Media Release - dated January 11, 2017:
McKimBldgRenaming

Links to media coverage:
CBC News
Winnipeg Sun

City of Winnipeg historical report
 

Save 514 Wellington Crescent!

This historic and stunning home has stood on the corner of Wellington Crescent and Kingsway, adjacent to St. Mary’s Academy since 1909. The home’s official name is the Gordon residence, named for its first owner James T. Gordon,  who worked in the meat packing business. It is a beautifully built home, and Winnipeg will likely never see the likes of it again if it is demolished.



It not only has great architectural value, but a rich social history, with many prominent families calling it home over the years. During the 1920s the Bawlf family, who founded the Grain Exchange owned the home, and the Grain Exchange had a huge impact on the development of Winnipeg as a City.  During the 1940s, Victor Sifton, the owner and publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press, lived in this home and until earlier this year, the home was owned by former Senator Douglas Everett who maintained it meticulously. Currently Leader Equity Partners, a Winnipeg development firm, have purchased the 107-year-old, 8,000-square-foot home, and potentially want to demolish it to build a new condo development on the property.  

Along with Heritage Winnipeg many people in the heritage community are outraged, and many of the residents of the Crescentwood Association are rallying to help save the home. Visit save514wellington.com for more information, and click here to add your name to the petition to help save this beautiful historic home. Click here to go to blog.

Heritage Shards for Sale

We have been proudly promoting our partnership with Shelmerdine Garden Centre to get pieces of Winnipeg's history back into the hands of Winipeggers. There are still many pieces available at Shelmerdine, and we encourage you to go take a look, if only just to see some of these great pieces on display.

We also have a large inventory of smaller pieces that we are selling independantly. Most of the pieces are from the Thomson & Pope Building, a demolished building that formerly stood at 379-381 Portage Avenue. 



Here is a selection from our inventory. All weights and sizes are approximate. All prices are negotiable.

Shard One

Weight: 80lbs. Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Two:

Weight: 60lbs. Size: 3ft.w x 1.5ft.h

Shard Three:

Weight: 20lbs Size: 10"w x 1ft.h

Shard Four:

Weight: 40lbs Size: 3ft.w x 1.5ft.h

Shard Five:

Weight: 20lbs Size: 10"w z 1ft.h

Shard Six:

Weight: 70lbs Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Seven:

Weight: 60lbs Size: 2.5ft.h x 1.5ft.w

Shard Eight:

Weight: 40lbs Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Nine:

Weight: 80lbs Size: 2ft.w x 3ft.h

Shard Ten:

Weight: 70lbs Size:1.5ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Eleven:

Weight: 70lbs Size: 2ft.w 2.5ft.h

Shard Twelve:

Weight: 40lbs Size: 3ft.w x 2ft.h

Shard Thirteen:

Weight: 20lbs Size: 10"w x 1ft.h

Shard Fourteen: 

Weight: 70lbs Size:1.5ft.w x 3ft.h

Shard Fifteen:

Weight: 30lbs Size: 1ft.w x 1.5ft.h

Shard Sixteen

Weight: 50lbs Size: 2ft.w x 2ft.h

2011 Annual Preservation Awards

Heritage Winnipeg's 26th Annual Preservation Awards

2011 Preservation Awards of Excellence:

February 21st, 2011


to celebrate National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day
Heritage Winnipeg gratefully acknowledges the support and generosity of the following:
  • Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre
  • Wins Bridgman
  • Jim Kacki
  • Nancy Klos
  • David McDowell
  • Bill Neville
  • Herbert Stewart
Thank you to the Independent Judging Committee of 2011:
  • Neil Einarson, Province of Manitoba
  • Jennifer Hansell, City of Winnipeg
  • Jim Kacki, Architect and Heritage Winnipeg Board Member
  • Kyle Lewkowich, Manitoba Architects Association
  • Les Stecheson, Stecheson Architects
Thank you to John Perrin, President of Heritage Winnipeg


Thank you to Councillor Grant Nordman for bringing greetings on behalf of the City of Winnipeg


Thank you to Minister of Culture, Heritage and Tourism for bringing greetings on behalf of the Province of Manitoba


Thank you to Kevin Lamoureux, M.P. Winnipeg North for bringing greetings on behalf of the Federal Government.


Conservation Award Winners

Institutional Conservation Award

The Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Education Centre, for the historic rehabilitation project at 119 Sutherland Avenue.
Accepting: Denis Daniels
Board Member: Jordan Van Sewell
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Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd.
for the historic rehabilitation work on the Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Eductation Centre at 119 Sutherland Avenue.
Accepting: Wins Bridgman
Board Member: Jordan Van Sewell


Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd.
for the historic rehabilitation work on the Manitoba Indigenous Cultural Eductation Centre at 119 Sutherland Avenue.
Also involved in the MICIC project: Marcella Poirier
Photo to Follow

 

Commercial Conservation Award

CentreVenture Development Corporation, for the historic Kelly House rehabilitation project at 88 Adelaide Street.
Accepting: Jeff Palmer
Board Member: Celine Kear


Prairie Architects Inc.
, for the historic Kelly House rehabilitation project at 88 Adelaide Street.
Accepting: Dudley Thompson
Board Member: Celine Kear




Residential Conservation Award

Awarded to DPL Group (Dobie Properties),for the sensitive historic residential conversion of the Parish Hall Lofts (former St. John's Anglican Parish Hall) at 181 Church Avenue.
Accepting: Cameron Dobie
Board Member: Elizabeth Fleming


Awarded to Prairie Architects
,for the sensitive historic residential conversion of the Parish Hall Lofts (former St. John's Anglican Parish Hall) at 181 Church Avenue.
Photo to follow.
 



2010 Annual Preservation Awards

Heritage Winnipeg's 25th Annual Preservation Awards

2010 Preservation Awards of Excellence: February 15th, 2010


Thank you to the Independent Judging Committee:
  • Les Stecheson, Stecheson Architects
  • Philip Reynolds, Architect
  • Neil Einarson, Province of Manitoba
  • Jim Kacki, Architect and Heritage Winnipeg Board Member

Conservation Award Winners

Institutional Conservation Award

  • The City of Winnipeg, for the restoration of the Waddell Fountain, a historic and unique civic monument that is an integral component of a public park revitalization.
    Accepting: Councillor Harvey Smith
    Board Member: Melanie Matheson - West End BIZ
  • Cohlmeyer Architecture Ltd., for the restoration of the Waddell Fountain, a historic and unique civic monument that is an integral component of a public park revitalization.
  • Alpha Masonry, for the restoration of the Waddell Fountain, a historic and unique civic monument that is an integral component of a public park revitalization.
    Accepting: Kyle Bacon

Councillor Harvey Smith accepting the award for the Waddell Fountain


Accepting the award for the Waddell Fountain
  • The Province of Manitoba, for the Trappist Monastery Ruins, for careful attention to an accurate and detailed restoration of an important provincial landmark.
    Accepting: Ryan Wakshinski
    Board Member: Jordan van Sewell
  • Alpha Masonry, for the Trappist Monastery Ruins, for careful attention to an accurate and detailed restoration of an important provincial landmark.
    Accepting: Kyle Bacon
    Board Member: Jordan van Sewell
  • Bridgman Collaborative Architecture, for the Trappist Monastery Ruins, for careful attention to an accurate and detailed restoration of an important provincial landmark.
    Accepting: Marcella Poirier
    Board Member: Jordan van Sewell

Board member Jordan van Sewell presenting the award for the Trappist Monastery Ruins

Commercial Conservation Award

  • Mark & Rick Hofer, owners, for the former Frost and Wood Warehouse, known now as the Edge Apartments at 230/232 Princess Street, for the exceptional rehabilitation of a building with attention to detail, displaying the innovative adaptive re-use and historic features.
    Accepting: Mark and Rick Hofer
    Board Member: Elizabeth Fleming
  • Colin Neufeld of 5468796 Architects, for the former Frost and Wood Warehouse, known now as the Edge Apartments at 230/232 Princess Street, for the exceptional rehabilitation of a building with attention to detail, displaying the innovative adaptive re-use and historic features.
    Accepting: 5468796 Architects unable to attend
    Board Member: Elizabeth Fleming

Mark and Rick Hofer with board member Elizabeth Fleming

Distinguished Service Award Winner

  • Awarded to Gordon Sinclair for his Winnipeg Free Press columns pivotal to raising public awareness about the Upper Fort Garry project.
    Accepting: Gordon Sinclair
    Board Member: Shelly Slobodzian
Distinguished Service Award Winner Gordon Sinclair
Distinguished Service Award Winner Gordon Sinclair and board member Shelly Slobodzian


Armstrong Point

Heritage Winnipeg is pleased to announce that our first publication "Armstrong's Point - A History" is available for purchase.  Thank you to author, Randy Rostecki.

You can purchase the book at $39.95 (taxes incl.) through our office by contacting us at 942.2663 or email at info@heritagewinnipeg.com.  If purchased before March 31, 2017, receive an additonal 30 percent discount. It makes a great gift.

We accept cash, credit card, and cheque.




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