Historical Resources Bylaw

Winnipeg Considers Creating Heritage District (Winnipeg Sun, June 10, 2014)
A Future For Heritage Conservation (Winnipeg Free Press, June 10, 2014)
May 5 Standing Policy Committee on Downtown Development, Heritage, and Riverbank Management Agenda (City Clerks)
Historic Resources By-law Reports (City Clerks)
Heirtage-structures bylaw gets upgrade (Winnipeg Free Press)
Heritage Winnipeg praises bylaw for historic buildings (Metro News)

Sherbrook Pool

Update March 12, 2014 Sherbrook Pool is expected to be reopened in 2015. Congratulations to the Kinsman Club of Winnipeg for their generous donation to help re-open this historic and very valuable community asset. Community partnerships work!

A Swimmingly Good Time Will Be Had (Winnipeg Free Press)

Located at 381 Sherbrook Street, Sherbrook Pool officially opened in 1931 amidst The Great Depression and helped provide an escape from the troubles Canadians and Winnipegers faced at the time. Since it was the first Olympic-size pool in Winnipeg, it also served as both a training facility and a competition venue. The architecture of the building features an Art Deco style, designed by Ralph Benjamin Pratt and Donald Aynsley Ross.

For more background information on this historical facility, please consult the following documents published by the City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee in 2001.

381 Sherbrook Street (Long Version)

381 Sherbrook Street (Short Version)

In November 2012, Sherbrook Pool was closed by the City due to safety issues that arose during an inspection. Upon further assessment, it was found that the cost to repair the building and make it structurally sound would cost more than $2 million, and subsequently maintaining the pool would cost even more. Despite the high costs to fix and run the pool, the community surrounding the area is advocating for its repair as a recreation centre and prefer not to see the historic pool demolished.

UPDATE:  As of December 13, 2013, Mayor Sam Katz said the City is now committed to allocating 1.7 million to re-open the Sherbrook Pool.  The commitment comes after listening to people in the community who made the case for re-investing in the aging facility. The city said the 1.7 million will allow work to begin the pool to make it safe for public use and the pool needs an estimated 2.8 million for repairs and upgrades.
Sherbrook Pool - Gets Reprieve (Winnipeg Free Press)

For previous information on the pool's closure:

Sherbrook Pool - Gets Reprieve (Winnipeg Free Press)

Sherbrook Pool -- Worth Every Cent (Winnipeg Free Press)

Public to be consulted on fate of Sherbrook Pool (Winnipeg Free Press)

Sherbrook Pool closure worries community group (CBC News)

Crescentwood Neighborhood

Congratulations to Winnipeg's very own Crescentwood Neighborhood for being chosen as one of the "Best Old Family-Friendly Neighborhoods" by This Old House magazine! Neighborhoods that fall into this category feature great schools, playgrounds, parks, and safe streets.

To read about Crescentwood in the full article, please click here

Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

Assiniboine Park was recently featured in a Heritage Magazine article entitled "Have Fun with Heritage: Historic Places Made For Play!" by James Careless:
     "Rightly called the "jewel in the crown of Winnipeg's regional park system," Assiniboine Park offers 1,100 acres (450 hectares) of natural beauty, local history, and lots of family fun. The city's first park when development began on the south side of the river in 1904, it has grown into Winnipeg's social "hub" for outdoor activities and leisure.
     Assiniboine Park was designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick G. Todd. He used the popular English Landscape Style, mixing open meadows and lawns with woods, curved tree-lined pathways and serpentine waterways contrasted with a range of formal, geometric flower gardens.
     The park also features an enclosed year-round Conservatory that is home to more than 8,000 flowers, plants, and trees. Other sites include the Tudor-styled Park Pavilion and Tower, the unique children's Nature Playground, cross-country ski trails, a toboggan hill, the Riley Family Duck Pond, and the Assiniboine Park Zoo, complete with tiger cubs and polar bears.
     The park has evolved into an important historical and cultural landscape that is worthy of preservation. In 2008, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy was created, a private/public, charitable organization committed to protecting and enhancing the park's assets and to ensuring its continued public enjoyment for decades to come. Learn more at www.assiniboinepark.ca
This excerpt was taken from Heritage Magazine 2014, Volume XVII, Number 1. To see the full article, please click here

Heritage Canada's Top 10 Endangered Places List 2013

The Heritage Canada Foundation has posted their 2013 Top Ten Endangered Places List. To see which Canadian buildings and places made the list, click here

Heart of The City Turns 150

Winnipeg’s most iconic intersection is turning 150 on Saturday. Cheers to Portage Avenue and Main Street.

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:

What a sorry sight was presented by that long-thought-of-town of Winnipeg on the day we entered it! What a mass of soft, black, slippery and sticky Red River mud was everywhere spread out before us! Streets with neither sidewalks nor crossings, with now and again a good sized pit of mire for the traveller to avoid or flounder through as best he could; a few small stores with poor goods and high process; one little tavern where ‘Dutch George’ was “monarch of all his survey”’ a few passable dwellings with “no rooms to let,” nor space for boarders; neither church nor school in sight or in prospect; population about one hundred instead of one thousand as we expected – such was Winnipeg on July 4th, 1868.

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

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!

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.

source: www.frankalbo.com

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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