Spring Fundraiser Luncheon 2014

Our Spring Luncheon Fundraiser was a great success! Thank you to everyone who attended, our guest speaker, Esyltt Jones, and our sponsor, The Fort Garry Hotel.

Heritage Winnipeg President, Jordan van Sewell

Guest Speaker and Author of Imagining Winnipeg, Esyltt Jones

Councillor Paula Havixbeck

City of Winnipeg Councillors

Dr. Jerry Gray (Friends of Upper Fort Garry)


Doors Open 2014 Volunteers

Heritage Winnipeg is looking for volunteers for our 11th annual Doors Open Winnipeg event, which will take place on Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1. For anyone who enjoys dealing with the public, likes being active in the community, or has an interest in architecture or history, Doors Open Winnipeg has numerous opportunities for volunteers. We need ambassadors to represent buildings in this year's event, in roles ranging from welcoming visitors to providing building tours and site interpretation.

Volunteers are required to register in advance and will be given their assigned buildings in early May. For more information, please see the volunteer job description and registration form below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate the Heritage Winnipeg office.

Volunteer Form


2014 Annual Preservation Awards

Heritage Winnipeg was very pleased to present the 29th Annual Preservation Awards at the James W. Burns Executive Education Centre I.H. Asper School of Business on Lombard Avenue. Located in the former Great West Life Building at 177 Lombard Avenue in the Exchange District.  They also received a Heritage Award in 2013 for the preservation and renovations to their space on the 2nd floor.  This event is held in celebration of National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day.  It is a free community event that was held on Monday, February 17, 2014 to recognize completed projects iin 2013 that have contributed to the preservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!

The 2014 Award Recipients:
Preservation Award of Excellence - Commercial Conservation
Workers Compensation Board Building - 333 Broadway

Awarded to:
The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba,Owners
1 X 1 Architecture Inc., Architects of Record
Smith Carter Architects & Engineers Inc., Design Architects
Alpha Masonry Ltd., Masonry work
Crosier Kilgour and Partners Ltd., Structural Engineers and Building Envelope Specialists
Akman Construction Ltd., Construction Manager

For their undertaking to conserve the Workers Compensation Board Building.

George Anderson (Owner of the WCB), Markian Yereniuk, Jason Kun, Doug Corbett (Architects), John Wells, Stephen Wu (Structural Engineers), Gus Kotulas (Alpha Masonry), and Frank Koreman
(Construction Manager)
Preservation Award of Excellence - Commercial Conservation
Canada Building - 352 Donald Street

Awarded to:
Public Capital Company, Owners
Prairie Architects Inc., Architects

For their work done at the Canada Building.

HW Board Member, Nancy Klos presenting to Brad Ostrom, Owner of the Public Capital Company
Preservation Award of Excellence - Commercial Conservation
Scott Block - 272 Main Street

Awarded to:
Mark and Shelley Buleziuk, Owners

For the daring unveiling and conservation of the Scott Block's original handsome facade.
Preservation Award of Excellence - Institutional Conservation
Laura Secord School Roof Replacement Project- 960 Wolseley Avenue

Awarded to:
Winnipeg School Division
Public Schools Finance Board
Syverson Monteyne Architects

For their stewardship in the conservation analysis and detailing of the Heritage Roof Replacement Project at Laura Secord School.
Jordan van Sewell (HW President) and members of the Winnipeg Public School Board

HW President Jordan van Sewell and Tom Monteyne (Architect)

Preservation Award of Excellence - Residential Conservation
Ryan Brothers Building - 110 James Avenue
Awarded to:
Streetside Development Corporation, Owners
701 Architecture

For their work on the residential conversion of the historic Ryan Brothers Building.
David McDowell presenting to Rebecca Copping (accepting on behalf of Streetside Development Corporation)

Special President's Award
Studio 511 - 511 River Avenue

Awarded to:
Stonebridge Development Group, Owners
GW Architecture Inc., Architects

For their contributions to the residential conversion of the historic First Church of Christ Scientist,
now known as Studio 511.

Heritage Winnipeg applauds architect for Heritage Conservation Work over the past quarter of a century. Click here for story.

Distinguished Service Award
Heritage Saint Norbert

Awarded to:
Heritage Saint-Norbert, Board of Directors
For over 33 years of service to the heritage community, their pivotal role in advocating for the preservation of many historic buildings in Saint Norbert, and the immensely successful Farmers Market.
This year's nominees:
Brick's Fine Furniture - 111 Lombard Avenue
Canada Building - 352 Donald Street
Laura Secord School - 960 Wolseley Avenue
Marlborough Hotel - 331 Smith Street
Ryan Building - 110 James Avenue
Scott Block - 272 Main Street
Studio 511 - 511 River Avenue (Former First Church of Christ Scientist)
Workers Compensation Board Building at 333 Broadway

Heritage Winnipeg gratefully acknowledges the support and generosity of the following:
Asper School of Business
Fleet Galleries
Georges Damphousse
David McDowell
Herbert Stewart

Thank you to this year's judging committee:
Neil Einarson, Province of Manitoba
Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg
Jim Kacki, Architect
Les Stecheson, Architect
Kyle Lewkowich, Manitoba Education


Heritage Winnipeg's Inaugural Heritage Ball was a Great Success!

One of Winnipeg's most prestigious landmarks and a national historic site, The Fort Garry has enjoyed an unparalleled renaissance, winning new admirers and accolades from patrons and guests as our historic hotel in Winnipeg celebrated its 100th year.

Heritage Winnipeg held our Inaugural Heritage Ball  on the evening of Friday, September 27th, 2013 to honour the centennial anniversary of the Fort Garry Hotel and to commemorate the significant role that the Fort Garry has played in the cultural and social life in Winnipeg over the last century.  Please check out our Flickr account on the homepage for photos of these events.

The Fort Garry was built in 1913, and the 2013 Heritage Ball was intended to re-create the hotel's 1913 inaugural event. The Gala had a railroad theme and featured

  • a spectacular dinner in the Crystal Ballroom

  • "Speak Easy" Dance and Dessert

  • a video of a historical interpretation of the arrival of Dignitaries in 1913 for the Grand Opening of the Fort Garry (To view the Shaw video on YouTube, please click here.)

  • a presentation of the history of the Fort Garry Hotel by Frank Albo, co-author of the Hermetic Code

  • Live music by the Danny Kramer Band

  • MC - Big Daddy Tazz

Heritage Winnipeg is a non-profit charitable organization that promotes the restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of Winnipeg's built environment. The Gala was a fundraising event for Heritage Winnipeg, and we thank you for your support. Funds raised from this event will help us to continue our work on the conservation of our heritage and history. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of our generous sponsors, prize donors, and event patrons who helped to make our event a success!

Prize Donors

Hudson's Bay Company
University of Manitoba
The Keg on Garry
Winnipeg Trolley Company
The Fort Garry Hotel
WOW Hospitality Concepts
Storm Catering
The Fairmont Winnipeg
Rainbow Stage
Pantages Playhouse
PaddleWheel River Boats
Banville & Jones Wine Co.
Hy's Steakhouse
Manitoba Theatre Company
Manitoba Opera
Ivory Restaurant
Jordan Van Sewell
Leonard Kahane
Fleet Gallery
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Walt Schoenhausen
Joyce Bateman
University of Manitoba Press

Special Recognition

Prairie Dog Central Railway
VIA Rail Canada
Robert Sweeney
Floral Elements
Canadian National Railway Company
City of Winnipeg
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
Manitoba Classic and Antique Auto Club (Allen Peters, Ken Rigaux, The Late Jim Hawes, and Bryne McKay)
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.
Winnipeg Police Museum
Cake Studio
Dr. Frank Albo
Winnipeg Railway Museum
Events by Emma
Transcona Museum
Pizza Hotline

Event Patrons

Jeannette and Greg Delorme
Elaine and Doug Lochhead
Dr. Jerry Gray
Lisa Gardewine
Nancy Klos
Lawrence Prout
Sandy Shindleman
Bridgman Collaborative Architecture
Stainless Concepts Inc.
Walt Schoenhausen


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. 

3rd Annual Doors Open Winnipeg Awards

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank all of this year's award recipients that participated in Doors Open Winnipeg 2013

Heritage Winnipeg's 3rd Annual Doors Open Winnipeg Awards Ceremony was held on June 20, 2013 at the Winnipeg Free Press Cafe. All award recipients received a commemorative Doors Open art sculpture made special for this event by artist Jordan van Sewell

Best Restoration: The former Great-West Life Buillding, now James W. Burns Education Centre, Asper School of Business (2nd Floor, 177 Lombard Avenue)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Asper School of Business is Steve Vieweg, Director - Executive Education (left)

Best Tour: Vaughan Street Jail (444 York Avenue)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Vaughan Street Jail is Kristen Verin-Treusch (left)

The Hidden Gem: Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga (115 McGregor Street)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Cathedral is Pastor Msgr. Michael Buyachok

Best Overall Experience: Shaarey Zedek Synagogue (561 Wellington Crescent)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue is Bill Weissmann, Tour Guide

Best Architecture: Millennium Centre (389 Main Street)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Millennium Centre is Giles Bugailiskis, Board Member (left)

Striving for Excellence Special 10th Anniversary Award
: The former Dominion Bank Building, now Bridgman Collaborative Architecture (678 Main Street)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Bridgman Collaborative Building are Marcella Porier (left) and Wins Bridgman (right)

Limited Edition Sketch in Celebration of the Bank of Montreal's 100th anniversary


“Limited Edition” - Bank of Montreal sketch

in celebration of the building’s 100th birthday

(signed by the artist)  $20.00 each  (including taxes)












Sketches by local artist Robert J. Sweeney

Artist, Robert J. Sweeney, has

practiced Product and Building design in

both Canada and the U.K.  His designs have

been the recipient of several

international design awards and

citations.  Robert is an alunus of

the University of Manitoba.

He is the-author and illustrator

of the book, Portraits of Winnipeg,

Turnstone Press, ISBN 978-0-8801-381-1,

Published 2011.

HW's 28th Annual Preservation Awards

Heritage Winnipeg was very pleased to present the 28th Annual Preservation Awards at the historic Millennium Centre at 389 Main Street on National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day, Monday, February 18, 2013.  This free public event was attended by over 85 people who helped celebrate heritage projects recognized and awarded for 2012. 

The 2013 Award Winners:

Preservation Award of Excellence - Commercial Conservation
Asper School of Business - 2nd Floor, 177 Lombard Avenue

Awarded to the Asper School of Business for their commitment to the redevelopment of the entire 2nd floor of this prominent landmark building

Accepted by Steve Vieweg (left), Director of Executive Education at Asper School of Business. Award presented by Greg Thomas (right), Manitoba Governor of Heritage Canada

Awarded to the LM Architectural Group for their design work towards redeveloping the 2nd floor of the building, including special attention to the conservation of heritage features and the preservation of its historic Board Room

Accepted by Mike Ibister (left), Principal of LM Architectural Group. Award presented by Greg Thomas (right), Manitoba Governor of Heritage Canada

Preservation Award of Excellence - Commercial Conservation
Metropolitan Entertainment Centre - 281 Donald Street

Awarded to Canad Inns for their stewardship and commitment to the restoration and rehabilitation of this historic theatre, thus ensuring its long-term economic viability within the historic downtown

Accepted by Paul Robson (right), CEO of Canad Inns. Award presented by Penny McMillan (left), Past President of Heritage Winnipeg.
Awarded to Number Ten Architectural Group for their excellence in design towards the restoration and rehabilitation of this historic theatre, thus ensuring its long-term economic viability within the historic downtown

Accepted by Dave Lalama (right), Number Ten Architectural Group. Award presented by Penny McMillan (left), Past President of Heritage Winnipeg.

Preservation Award of Excellence - Institutional Conservation
Paterson Global Foods Institute - 504 Main Street

Awarded to Red River College for their stewardship and commitment to the extraordinary rehabilitation initiatives undertaken to conserve the tower and banking hall, ensuring a long term future for this prominent landmark building

Accepted by Diana Ready (right), VP Finance and Administration of Red River College. Award Presented by Lisa Gardewine (left), First Vice President of Heritage Winnipeg

Awarded to Prairie Partnership Architects for the rehabilitation initiatives undertaken, including innovative design work as well as structural and building code upgrading, to conserve the tower and banking hall

Accepted by Dudley Thompson and Blaine Repko, Prairie Partnership Architects. Award Presented by Lisa Gardewine (left), First Vice President of Heritage Winnipeg

Awarded to Alpha Masonry Ltd. for an accurate and detailed restoration of masonry work done to the historic facade of an important landmark building

Accepted by Robert Sanderson, Alpha Masonry. Award Presented by Lisa Gardewine, Heritage Winnipeg First Vice President

Special President's Award - Urban Revitalization
The Avenue on Portage - 265 Portage Avenue

Awarded to Rick and Mark Hofer (owners) for their wonderful urban mixed-use revitalization project, which was a bold gesture in the adaptive re-use of two buildings on the Portage Avenue streetscape

Accepted by Paul Hiebert (left), on behalf of the owners who were both unable to attend. Award presented by Jordan van Sewell (right), President of Heritage Winnipeg

Awarded to 5468796 Architecture for their work on the urban mixed-use revitalization, which was a bold gesture in the adaptive re-use of two buildings on the Portage Avenue Streetscape

Accepted by Zach Pauls (left), Architect at 5468796 Architecture. Award Presented by Jordan van Sewell (right), President of Heritage Winnipeg

Distinguished Service Award
Fort Garry Hotel - 222 Broadway

Awarded to Rick Bell and Ida Albo (owners) for their long withstanding commitment to conserve and enhance an outstanding Winnipeg heritage landmark and institution, including their work to celebrate the building's hundredth anniversary and to launch it into its next century

Accepted by Rick Bell (centre) and Ida Albo (right), owners of The Fort Garry Hotel. Award presented by Nancy Klos (left), Board Member of Heritage Winnipeg

Heritage Conservation Awards:

This year Heritage Winnipeg is recognizing special efforts in specific projects completed in 2012, to protect, conserve, and reuse structures of high historic or architectural value.  Heritage conservation awards may be given specifically for commercial, institutional, or residential projects, that involve the sensitive and adaptive use and/or re-use of these structures and provide for their long-term protection. 

In addition our Distinguished Service 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.

This year's nominees are:

The Metropolitan Entertainment Centre at 281 Donald Street
     Owner - Canad Inns

Paterson Global Foods Institute (former Union Bank Building) - 504 Main Street
     Owner- Red River College

The Avenue on Portage - 265 Portage Avenue
     Owners - Rick & Mark Hofer

Sussex Realty (former Abbott Clinic) - 274 Osborne Street North
     Owners - Sussex Realty

The Inglis (NWCTA) Building - 291 Garry Street
     Owner - John McDonald of Metric Marketing

Asper School of Business - 2nd floor, 177 Lombard Avenue (former Great West Life building)

Distinguished Service Award - Rick Bel and Ida Albo, owners of the Fort Garry Hotel

Please noteAwards Winners will be announced at the event.

Thank you to this year's Judging Committee:

Jennifer Hansell, City of Winnipeg
Neil Einarson, Province of Manitoba
Wins Bridgman, Architect
Jim Kacki, Architect
Les Stechesen, Architect

Doors Open 2012 Awards Ceremony

On June 14th, 2012 at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café, Heritage Winnipeg presented an award ceremony for those buildings identified by the visitors of Doors Open Winnipeg 2012 as the best exemplars of the various facets of heritage.

Five Awards were given out, one in each of the following categories: best restoration, best tour, best architecture, the hidden gem and best experience.

Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell welcomed everyone to the event.

Heritage Winnipeg 1st Vice President and local artist Jordan van Sewell gave his welcome from the board and shared a few words about the pieces of art given out as awards.

And the Award winners are….

#1 Best Restoration: Barber House


Presenting: Jennifer Hansell, Heritage Planner from the sponsor City of Winnipeg.


Accepting: Sandy Dzedzore, Chair of SISTARS and Rick Caslake, Coordinator/Program Manager at the North Point Douglas Seniors Association.


Barber House is one of Winnipeg’s oldest homes. The story of Barber House is an epic one of perseverant tough-as-nails survival, as this former house of pioneer journalist and businessman E.L. Barber has survived several fires over the years. As those connected to the House like to say, the grand old lady was too tough to destroy. The endurance and recent restoration of the Barber House is a metaphor for the endurance and current rehabilitation of the entire Point Douglas neighbourhood. The votes are in, and many Winnipegers are on board.


 #2 Best Tour: Manitoba Law Courts


Presenting: Clare McKay, Vice-President of Marketing and Communications of the sponsor Forks North Portage.

Accepting: Cheryl Kyritz and Diane Dixon, volunteer tour guides at the Law Courts.

Those participating in the guided 45-minute tour from the Law Courts got a chance to see the beautiful interior spaces of some of the highest courts in Manitoba. In addition to seeing Courtroom 330 (the Manitoba Court of Appeal) and Courtroom 210 (the Court of Queen’s Bench), those on the tour visited the Great Library. Hundreds of visitors nervously interacted with Courtroom 210: kids and adults alike, enjoyed sitting in the chairs of the judges, counsel and jury. While sheepish at first, more than a few put on a stern face and mimicked the motion of slamming a gavel down for silence. The tour guides patiently pointed out that Canadian justices do not use gavels. The engaging tour guides and rich symbolism of the building ensured that no one will soon forget the Law Courts.

#3 Hidden Gem: Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga

Presenting: Geoff Kirbyson representing sponsor Winnipeg Free Press.

Accepting: Reverend Michael Buyachok, Pastor.

With a capacity of over a thousand, it might come as a surprise that Winnipegers choose a beautiful (but massive) Cathedral as the hidden gem. However, once you enter into the Cathedral, it becomes clear what the real hidden gems are. In addition to containing the beautiful rose-stained glass window depicting the patrons: Saints Vladimir and Olga, the Cathedral houses some of the finest Icon paintings and stained glass windows in Canada. 16 of the 34 stained glass windows are the work of world famous artist and sculpter Leo Mol. The Cathedral is simultaneously both a visible and a hidden gem of Winnipeg.

#4 Best Overall Experience: Historical Museum of St. James

Presenting: Matt Komus, Coordinator for the City of Winnipeg Museums Board.

Accepting: Barry Hillman, School Programs and Special Events Coordinator, Historical Museum of St. James Assiniboia 

Winnipegers were invited to return to a time past at the St. James Museum….and they did…and they loved it! Visitors were able to visit the three historical buildings on site: The William Brown Red River Frame House (constructed way back in 1856), the historic Municipal Hall, and the Display Building housing artifacts of blacksmithing, farming and transportation. In the William Brown House, trained interpreters transported visitors back to early Manitoba pioneer life in late 19th century. For the second year in a row, Winnipegers have let Doors Open and the St. James Museum know that they love the site, the programming and St. James history in general.

#5 Best Architecture: Manitoba Legislative Building

Presenting: Jordan van Sewell, Heritage Winnipeg Board 1st Vice President.

Accepting: Unfortunately, the province of Manitoba did not send a representative.

The Legislative Building, or ‘ledge’ is one of the finest public buildings, not just in Manitoba, but across North America! The ledge formally opened on July 15th, 1920 on the 50th anniversary of Manitoba’s confederation. The impressive architecture in Beaux Arts style and the intriguing interior and exterior art have only become more renowned with time. While the Ledge provides tours year round, every year during Doors Open, Winnipegers flock to see the life-sized North American bison on the grand staircase, the Pool of the Black Star beneath the Rotunda antechamber and the other treasures within this Frank W. Simon and Henry Boddington III creation. For the second year in a row, Winnipegers have proudly proclaimed that this Manitoba landmark has the best architecture in the city.

Congratulations again to all the winners of this years Doors Open Awards. Thank you to everyone who cast their votes and thank you to our generous sponsors for helping to make the event happen.

One final shout-out goes to Greg Delorme, Volunteer Coordinator who did an incredible job helping with the Doors Open event.


Strike Play Premieres on Heritage Trolley for 93rd Anniversary

It's June 21st, 1919, and the intrepid photographer Sam Lockhart wants just one thing: the shot that will earn him the money to patent his revolutionary new camera. Will the simmering Winnipeg General Strike crush his dream…. or provide him with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity?

The Winnipeg Trolley Company presents Sam's Spiel - a new one-person play by Danny Schur - on a moving heritage trolley. Travel back to 1919 as journalist of the era, as you rove the streets of Winnipeg with Sam Lockhart on the day that would come to be known as "Bloody Saturday". Starring Justin Schafer as Sam Lockhart.

Departing from the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe (237 McDermot at Arthur) at 1:00 PM, Saturday, June 23rd. $25/ticket. Advance tickets only. Capacity 30. Call 226-TOUR (8687).

Enjoy lunch at the Winnipeg Free Press Cafe, prior to the performance (meal extra) and join Danny Schur for an after-performance historical discussion at the News Cafe as well. The Winnipeg Trolley Company heritage trolley, with its striking orange and cream colour-scheme, has been refurbished to resemble a Winnipeg streetcar, circa 1921.

For further information, contact Benjamin Gilles at 226-TOUR or Danny Schur at 227-1167.

Visit http://www.winnipegtrolleycompany.ca

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