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.




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)
 

Doors Open Winnipeg 2014 - May 31 & June 1, 2014


Thank you to the building participants and the hundreds  of volunteers who helped make the 11th Anniversary of the Doors Open Winnipeg event a success!  This free public event was held the weekend of May 31st & June 1st, 2014 throughout the City of Winnipeg. 

If you would like to volunteer for our Doors Open Event next year, please email our office and we will contact you in early 2015.
 

Winnipeg's General Strike



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)







 

St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage Church 95th Anniversary

Congratulations to the St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage Church (110 Disraeli Street) for celebrating their 95th Anniversary on November 17, 2013. St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Church is the oldest Ukrainian Orthodox Christian Church in Winnipeg, and they commissioned a commemorative plaque to celebrate this milestone.



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

Council of Women of Winnipeg Inc.

Congratulations to the Council of Women of Winnipeg, who celebrated their 120th anniversary on April 8, 2014 at City Hall.

"The Council is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian network of organizations and individuals of diverse interests networking to pursue work of common interest where the stability of the family and the welfare community are concerned." (taken directly from the Council of Women of Winnipeg website)


Council of Women of Winnipeg President, Kelly-Ann Stevenson


City of Winnipeg Mayor, Sam Katz

For more information on the organization and their mission, please visit their website here

 

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)

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