St. Vital Library

Located at 6 Fermor Avenue, St. Vital Library is the first Winnipeg modernist structure to be designated as a historical structure. The library building was designed by architect, George A. Stewart, and resembles a key-shape. It officially opened in June of 1963. The rich history of the building and its significant architectural character-defining elements have led to a Grade III structure designation on the Buildings Conservation List.

For the full report, please click here

Kelly House - 88 Adelaide

Heritage Winnipeg was very much involved in protecting this home from demolition, and it was successfully preserved and rehabilitated. It had long term tenants, but unfortunately, they needed a larger space and moved out. This historic house is now vacant and is looking for a new tenant which will continue to ensure the economic success of this heritage project. For more information, please click here.

Heritage Gem Empty Again (Winnipeg Sun Article)

City of Winnipeg Heritage Conservation Districts Study

The City of Winnipeg is currently undergoing a review of its Heritage Program, in part, to update services and tools used to celebrate our history. This includes examining the option of creating Heritage Districts, which has never been done here, but has been common practice in most other cities nationally and internationally for decades.

The goal is to gather information on popular models used by other cities to create Heritage Districts and to propose a model that could be used in Winnipeg to begin creating Heritage Districts

The benefits of a Heritage Conservation District are:
  • Protect and conserve an area's special and distinct cultural heritage resources
  • Revitalization of an area
  • Enhance community identity, pride and involvement
  • A legacy for future generations
  • Provide a consistent approach to protecting and enhancing those features that give an area its unique identity
  • Potential for economic spin offs and tourism generation
Armstrong's Point has a number of attributes that could merit a potential Heritage District including a cohesive stock of heritage homes, associations with prominent Winnipeggers, unique streetscapes and layout, and distinct geographic boundaries. Of Winnipeg's residential neighborhoods constructed pre-WWI, the Point is one of the most steeped in history and also one of the most intact.

This information was taken from the City of Winnipeg website. For further details, 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
This excerpt was taken from Heritage Magazine 2014, Volume XVII, Number 1. To see the full article, please click here

Stovel Block (Kay Building)

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the ACI for allowing the use of their board room for our recent meeting. Heritage Winnipeg Directors were given a tour of their office space with an overview of what they do. For further information on this historically designated building, please click here

245 McDermot provides independent creative entrepreneurs and organizations with contemporary, affordable, shared workspace. Run by the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI Manitoba), 245 McDermot focuses on individuals and businesses that value creativity and collaboration. Members join a multidisciplinary community with tenants in various fields, all in a professional and creative coworking space. Visit their website here

Young Canada Works Program

"Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada's civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians." A stream of Canadian Heritage is the Young Canada Works program, which is employed every summer by a variety of organizations.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations is a summer program that gives students the opportunity to learn about Canada's history and cultural heritage through the creation of jobs that allow them to assist heritage organizations and agencies. The program is for students ages 16 to 30, and work terms can last for up to 16 weeks.

The aim of the program for the student is to "acquire work experience related to their studies and allow them to explore career opportunities." It also allows i some instance for a "great geographic exchange experience" and the "ability to develop a network" in the field they are studying.

The aim of the program for the employer is to subsidize the wage of the youth employed, while allowing the incorporated, non-profit organization to "hire students with skills specifically related to the organizations needs".

Source: Heritage Canada Organizations Website: accessed October 2nd 2010.

For more information about the program, please visit the Heritage Canada and Young Canada Works websites.

If interested, please register online with YCW and then email your resume to before the end of March 2017.


Fort Gibraltar

Formerly a North West Company trading post that was built in 1809, Fort Gibraltar is located at the forks of the Assiniboine and Red Rivers. Over the summer, it serves as a tourist attraction and historical site, providing a look back into the lifestyle of those living in the early 1800s. Costumed interpreters act both as educators and as tour guides as they transport visitors back to the period of the voyageurs and traders.

Throughout the year, there are facilities available to rent for special events or functions. They also host the Festival du Voyageur winter festival in February

"A Brief Historical Summary (taken from the Fort Gibraltar Website)

1809 – The North West Company builds Fort Gibraltar

1816 – Fort Gibraltar is captured and destroyed by the Selkirk Colony

1817 – Fort Gibraltar is rebuilt by the North West Company

1821 – North West Company merges with Hudson’s Bay Company – Fort Gibraltar continues its operations under the Hudson’s Bay company standard

1822 – Fort Gibraltar’s name is changed to Fort Garry

1835 – Fort Garry is abandoned but its warehouses are still used

1852 – Fort Garry is destroyed by the Red River Flood

1978 – Fort Gibraltar is rebuilt by the Festival du Voyageur"

For more information, please visit their website here


Armstrong's Point

Located about a mile away from the Forks, Armstrong’s Point is a small area of land by the Assiniboine River. It was developed in the 1880s and remains a private and isolated area that many Winnipegers are still unaware of to this day.  Armstrong’s Point has been formerly known as Pensioners’ Point, Hill’s Point, and Victoria Place. The land on which this suburban area was built was originally given to Captain Joseph Hill by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1848. He sold the property in 1881 to John McDonald and E. Rothwell who divided the land into lots thus converting it into a residential area.

As Winnipeg continued to grow and become a commercial centre, the higher class residents no longer desired to live in the central core of the city. They wanted to escape from the chaos, noise, pollution, disease, criminals, and immigrants that filled the City’s centre streets. Armstrong’s Point offered that exclusivity, safety, and peacefulness that the wealthy desired and has since been home to some of Winnipeg’s richest citizens. Many of the homeowners even named their houses. There are three gated entrances that act to further separate and secure the area from the rest of Winnipeg.

"An intact neighbourhood over a century old, Armstrong's Point is valued by residents and visitors alike. Although individual homes and institutions are acknowledged, it's the area itself - the cluster of large, well-maintained older homes - that is most appreciated. Many of these homes have been evaluated for historical significance (a total of 72 neighbourhood buildings are identified in Historical Buildings Conservation Inventory), but only a few homes and structures are on the Historical Buildings Conservation List. These include two residences (one of which is now used as a private club), a library, and the ornamental entry gates." [Taken from Armstrong's Point Planning Study Final Draft, also see Armstrong's Point Appendices for supplementary information]

To find out more about this historical Winnipeg neighborhood, there is a book entitled Armstrong’s Point, by Randy Rostecki, available for purchase from our office. If you would like to make a donation of $100 or greater in addition to your membership to Heritage Winnipeg, you will receive a complimentary copy. Contact our office if you are interested or have any questions.

Congratulations to Randy Rosteki

Congratulations to historian Randy Rostecki for his invaluable contributions towards the preservation of Manitoba's rich architectural history! For the full statement given on August 7, 2013 at the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, click here [print version] or here [audio version].

Randy Rosteki (left) and Melanie Wight (right), MLA Burrows

Heritage Winnipeg AGM 2013 - June 26, 2013


We would also like to thank the Asper School of Business for allowing us to use the fabulous space in the J.W. Burns Executive Education Centre on the 2nd floor, 177 Lombard Ave., in the former Great West Life building. This space recently won a 2013 HW Preservation Award for the sensitive restoration of the 2nd floor space including the historic GWL Board Room. See our Annual Preservation section for further information. 

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