Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 Volunteer Reception

Thank you to the Marlborough Hotel for their generous sponsorship of the Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 Volunteer Reception, held July 29, 2015. Your support is appreciated!



Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 People's Choice Awards


The Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 award statues, created by Jordan Van Sewell, Heritage Winnipeg President

Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 was our most successful event yet! 
With over 27,000 site visits this year, we broke our record, set at our 2013 10th anniversary event with 23,000 visits. Thank you to everyone who helped out with this year's event!

The awards component of Doors Open Winnipeg continues to be the only one of its kind in Canada and provides an opportunity and incentive for owners and volunteers to step up their enthusiasm and put on the best event they can. 
 
Heritage Winnipeg President, Jordan Van Sewell, gives his opening remarks on the intimate relationship between Winnipeg's artistic and heritage communities.

Visitors have the chance to vote for their favourite buildings and winners will receive a spectacular award, created by a local artist, at a media event held in June. Votes are collected for the following categories: Best Restoration, Best Architecture, Best Guided Tour/Programming, The 'Hidden Gem', and Best Overall Experience. This year, for first time ever, visitors could vote using an online survey powered by Survey Monkey, which closed Friday, June 5, 2015. 

Best Restoration: Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton Street


Runner Up: Metropolitan Entertainment Centre at 281 Donald Street 
Dalnavert Museum & Visitors' Centre at 61 Carlton.  

Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton Street is the restored home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, son of Sir John A. Macdonald and Premier of Manitoba from 1899-1900. In 1970, the home was purchased by the Manitoba Historical Society and restored to its 1895 appearance. Long considered one of the finest examples of restored Queen Anne Revival Architecture in Canada, Dalnavert offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time to Canada’s youth.
 

(L-R): Rina Ricci, City Heritage Planner; Brock Capell, Friends of Dalnavert Museum; John Kiernan, City Manager of Urban Design.
 
Closed since the fall of 2013, Doors Open this year offered a sneak peek of the museum ahead of its official opening the first week of June. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Friends of Dalnavert Museum, the doors have been reopened to the public, with a feasible business plan to continue to make this historic home and national historic site a successful museum for future generations to enjoy. Congratulations!  
 
Brock Capell, Member of the Friends of Dalnavert Museum, accepts the award.

Best Architecture: Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at 505 Watt Street

Runner Up: Manitoba Legislative Building at 450 Broadway

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at 505 Watt Street.
 
The Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church located at 505 Watt Street is one of Elmwood’s hidden treasures. Built to replace the original Holy Eucharist Church in 1954, this building is a sight to behold, adorned with stained glass windows and frescoes by famous artists, hand-carved Iconostas, and a crystal chandelier. The original parish was established in 1919 along with the original church, which was only the third Ukrainian Catholic Church to be built in the city. 
Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, Paul Haverstock (at right), presents the award to Father Michael Kwiatkowski.

This was the first year that the Holy Eucharist participated in Doors Open Winnipeg, hosting nearly 500 visitors over the weekend! A valuable and beautiful addition to our Doors Open event, we are pleased to offer such a unique architectural gem in East Kildonan and we hope to include them again next year!
 

Father Michael Kwiatkowski says a few words, emphasizing the efforts of the church's congregation in making Doors Open happen this year. This was the first time the Holy Eucharist was part of Doors Open Winnipeg.
 

Best Guided Tour/Programming: The Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue

Runner Up: Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir & Olga

Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue.

The former Vaughan Street Detention Centre, now known as the Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue was built in 1881 to house inmates serving two years or less sent from Western Ontario and the Prairie Provinces. It is the oldest provincially owned building still standing within the City limits. There are significant local and Canadian historical figures connected to this building, including such figures as Bloody Jack Krafchencko and Earl Nelson, Winnipeg's first serial killer. However, unfortunately, this building still does not have any heritage designation or protection.  
 

Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, Greg Agnew, gives a short history of the building before presenting the award.

This Doors Open site boasted the most site visits with nearly 3500 visitors over the weekend.  With theatrical performances and historic costumes the volunteers once again put on a fantastic tour! Prior to 2013, the building had been closed to Doors Open for 6 years – we hope to be able to continue to feature this building in our event. This building’s popularity just continues to grow and, as an architectural landmark to social and judicial history, is very important to our city’s history. 

Kristen Verin-Treusch, Friends of Vaughan Street Jail, accepts the award.


The 'Hidden Gem': The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia at 3180 Portage Avenue

Runner Up: La Maison Gabrielle-Roy at 375 rue Deschambault
Sketch of the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia at 3180 Portage Avenue.

The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia located at 3180 Portage Avenue is a museum that strongly reflects the history of its community. There are three buildings on the property for visitors to explore, including the William Brown Red River Frame House circa 1856 and the old Municipal Government Hall, built in 1911, which now houses displays about the development of St. James-Assiniboia as well as an interpretive centre showcasing pioneer life in the late 19th century. 
 
Cindy Tugwell, Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, presents the award.

A long-standing participant in Doors Open Winnipeg, the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia is one of many incredible museum experiences that the city of Winnipeg has to offer. Truly an historical asset to the Doors Open event, we are very pleased with their continued participation.
 
(L-R): Barry Hillman, Bonita Hunter-Eastwood accept the award on behalf of the Museum.

Best Overall Experience (tied): Ghost Signs Walking Tour (Exchange District) 
Ghost signs in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District.

The creation of Matt Cohen from the Advertising Association of Manitoba, the Ghost Signs Walking Tour was a new addition to Doors Open this year. Focusing on the Exchange District, the tour sought out and explored the histories of the fading promotional signage and the companies that called these warehouses home. The 90-minute tour allowed participants to travel back in time and get to know the businesses behind the ads and the impact they played in shaping the landscape of the district.
(L-R): Matt Cohen and Brent Neill, Advertising Association of Winnipeg; Jordan van Sewell, Heritage Winnipeg President. 

The walking tours that were added to Doors Open this year were unique and incredibly well received and will hopefully continue to be a part of this event. There is an opportunity to continue grow these events as their popularity increases.

Best Overall Experience (tied): Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church at 40 Ada Street  

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church at 40 Ada Street

The Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church at 40 Ada Street is the last remaining original, pioneer-built Ukrainian Church of its kind in the city. Owing much of its completion to the labour of volunteers from the Brooklands parish, the exterior of the church was completed in 1932. Finishing touches continued to be added, including the painting of icons and numerous ornamental designs by Jacob Maydanyk in 1940. 
Heritage Winnipeg Summer Student, Laura McKay, presents the award to Dr. Mary Pankiw, Parish Secretary of Holy Ghost.

Another new addition to Doors Open Winnipeg, this Ukrainian Church is the second to receive an award this year. Although isolated, its rich history makes this church one of Winnipeg’s many historic treasures.
 
Dr. Mary Pankiw shares how much it means to them to receive the award.

Thank you to everyone who turned out to help celebrate these buildings and we hope to see you all for Doors Open again next year! 


All of the award winners and presenters at the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe 237 McDermot Avenue.


Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 People's Choice Awards





Heritage Winnipeg's Spring Fundraising Luncheon


Heritage Winnipeg Spring Fundraiser Luncheon
Renovation vs Preservation: A Catalyst for Change and Causes for Concern
with Guest Speaker Richard Walls, Heritage Developer


Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank our guest speaker, Richard Walls for a very interesting and thought provoking presentation at our annual fundraising luncheon a the historic Fort Garry Hotel.  Thank you to all the staff at the FGH for their excellent hospitality, you truly make our event a success! Finally thank you to all of those individuals who attended and helped support our organization. 

Thank you to the following businesses you contributed to the luncheon "Twlight in the Exchange" gift basket raffle prize.  Congratulations to Celine Kear, the winner of this fabulous Exchange District prize package.

The Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation supports arts, culture, and heritage in the Province of Manitoba.
www.centennialconcerthall.com


simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
www.merehotel.com

Fox and Fiddle: Fine Pub Fare

King's Head Pub & Eatery

Waterfront Massage Therapy

The Manitoba Museum

Peasant Cookery

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre


Tara Davis Studio Boutique

Winnipeg Film Group


Frontlines: The Future of Heritage - Call for Submissions



Theme:
Creative heritage conservation has the power to connect us to our past while ensuring a more socially sustainable future.
Still, Winnipeg continues to neglect the incredible potential of its built heritage. What needs to change for progressive heritage conservation to flourish in Winnipeg?

The Call:
Storefront Manitoba and Heritage Winnipeg open call to submit a proposal for a policy, practice, project, or any other idea that could significantly shift the way heritage is conserved in the city. Each one page proposal should outline how the concept will be developed in a compelling fifteen minute presentation. A diverse range of entries will be chosen based on the creativity and feasibility of the idea and the proposed presentation.

Considerations:
How can we make community-focused heritage conservation a priority for developers? How can we communicate the potential of vacant buildings? What heritage projects would set a precedent for more innovative conservation in the city?

Eligibility:
All individuals engaged with the city of Winnipeg's Design Community including: architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, and designers.

Deadline/Schedule: 1 page submissions emailed to info@storefrontmb.ca by April 1, 2015; Selections determined April 8, 2015.

Frontlines: The Future of Heritage Event The Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe May 30th 7-9pm - Selected applicants will present their ideas! Presentations will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion on forward-thinking heritage conservation in Winnipeg.

Questions: Please send questions and feedback to: info@storefrontmb.ca

30th Annual Preservation Awards (Feb. 16, 2015)

2015 Award Recipients

 

Commercial Conservation Award to:

VIA Rail Canada

Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd. 



 

For their work and vision of this historic former Union Station built in 1911 and located at 123 Main Street. For their leadership in the restoration of the historic rotunda, the enhancement of the passenger area, and augmenting the exterior at the back entrance, therefore strengthening the connection of the building from the Forks and Saint Boniface. 

 

Residential Conservation Award to:

The Bell Building Inc.

Neil Cooper Architects Inc. 


 

For this downtown condominium project in the historic building built in 1905 and located at 370 Donald Street. For their civic leadership on this residential conversion that sympathetically retains the character of the original building while retaining many of the interior character defining elements.

 

Commercial Conservation Award to:

Riverwood Church Community

John Van Leeuwen Architecture



For the rehabilitation of the Riverwood Church Community, the former Fire Hall Station 8 located at 325 Talbot Avenue. For their pivotal role in taking great care in rehabilitating this historic building so that it continues to be a landmark in the community as well as a vibrant part of the Elmwood community.

 

Residential Conservation Award to:

Veritas Development Corporation

Northern Sky Architecture Inc.


 

For this downtown condominium project in the historic warehouse building built in 1912 located at 128 James Avenue. For their civic and design leadership on this residential conversion that sympathetically retains the character of the original building.

 

Residential Conservation Award to:

Streetside Development Corporation

701 Architecture Inc.



For this downtown condominium project in the historic warehouse buildings built in 1910/11, and located presently at 132 James Avenue. For their civic leadership on this residential conversion that sympathetically retains the character of the original heritage buildings at 130 & 132/134 James Avenue.

 

For the Revitalization of North Main:

Neechi Commons


 

The owners of of the building located at 859 Main Street, for their leadership in a valuable employment, cultural, and community-building role through their large-scale investment in the North Main area working with existing buildings and the Aboriginal Community. Their work has played a pivotal role in the community by promoting this Aboriginal-based food, art, and social activist centre.

 

Distinguished Service Award to:

Marie Zorniak



 

as a driving force and long-time chair of the Provincial Red River Heritage Fair. The Heritage Fiar activities have been part of Winnipeg's educational offerings since Historica sponsored the first event in 1993. She has volunteered her time and expertise for over twenty years, and has ben an integral part of facilitating this event and its long-time success.

 

Distinguished Service Award to:

St. Matthew's Anglican Parish 

Grain of Wheat Community Church


 

for the adaptive re-use of the historic St. Matthew's Anglican Church built in 1913 and located at the northwest corner of Maryland and St. Matthew's. The converted building contains three components - residential, religious service space, and a neighbourhood resource centre for the community.

 

Acknowledgements

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of the following:

 

Manitoba Living History Society

Greg Agnew

Wins Bridgman

Nancy Klos

David & Linda McDowell

389 Main Street Heritage Corporation

 Walt Schoehausen

 Dayna Kinsman

 Hilda Wagstaffe

 Herbert Stewart

 

 

Thank you to the members of our 2015 Judging Committee:

 

Neil Einarson, Province of Manitoba

 Les Stechesen, Architect

 Jim Kacki, Architect

 Kyle Ledhowski, Province of Manitoba

 Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg



Unveiling of Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park and Recognition Wall


 
The Friends of Upper Fort Garry invite you and your guests to the unveiling of Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park and Recognition Wall.

Date: October 18, 2014
11:00am-11:15am - Recognition Wall Unveiling
11:20am-12:00pm (noon) - Park Ceremony
12:00pm-3:00pm - Explore Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park: Learn about the site's history and what is yet to come!
Enjoy the entertainment
Dress: Casual (flat shoes recommended)

Be sure to check out the Heritage Winnipeg Blog post about Upper Fort Garry for some background information before the event!

Check out the mobile site at ufg.patternhosting.com for a unique self-guided tour, usable on your laptop or smartphone!

"Explore the Exchange" Membership Drive!

Have you heard? Thanks to the generosity of our donors, there will be one more draw on Sept. 30, 2014! Renew your membership to be entered for one more prize!

Congratulations
to our July winner, member Kerry Dangerfield!
Congratulations to our August winner, member Aengus Bridgman!
Congratulations to our September winner, Gary Hawthorne!

Thank you to Architecture49 Inc. and the historic Bank of Montreal for taking out a new corporate memberships with Heritage Winnipeg as part of our Explore the Exchange membership drive!

Memberships can be paid by cash, cheque, or credit card.
http://heritagewinnipeg.com/store

Check out our donor websites:
www.avedainstitute.ca/Winnipeg/salon
www.faceboook.com/ExchangeUporium
www.fleetgalleries.com
www.foxandfiddle.com/winnipeg
www.centennialconcerthall.com
www.mariaggis.com
www.wowhospitality.ca/restaurants/peasantcookery.html
www.waterfrontmassage.ca






 

Doors Open Winnipeg 2014 People's Choice Award Winners

Awards were presented by Jordan Van Sewell, Heritage Winnipeg President.

Best Restoration: La Maison Gabrielle-Roy at 375 rue Deschambault
    
Award accepted by Lucienne Chateauneuf, Director of La Maison Gabrielle-Roy.

Best Architecture: The Millennium Centre at 389 Main Street
    

Award accepted by Giles Bugailiskis, retired Senior Heritage Planner and Millennium Centre Board Member.

Best Guided Tour/Programming: The Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue
    

Award accepted by Candace Gower and Nicole Verin-Treusch, Friends of Vaughan Street Jail.

The 'Hidden Gem': The Ukrainian Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir & Olga at 115 MacGregor Street
    

Award accepted by Elaine Kisiow, Msgr. Michael Buyachok and Margareta Saray.

Best Overall Experience: Winnipeg Railway Museum at 123 Main Street
    
Award accepted by Peter Lacey of the Midwestern Rail Association.

Heritage Winnipeg Annual General Meeting - June 25, 2014

Thank you for joining Heritage Winnipeg at our 2014 AGM in the historic and recently restored Tapestry room in the Millennium Centre.  We would like to thank the City of Winnipeg, Urban Design Division for their very informative presentation on the topic(s)- New Historical Resources bylaw including a description of the new lists and nomination processes, Potential Vacant and Derelic Buidings bylaw amendments, and the Heritage Conservation Districts strategy.  Their presentative was followed by a Q &  A period.




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