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)

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

 

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

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)


St. Charles Hotel - 235 Notre Dame Avenue

Update March 4, 2014: St. Charles Owner Fights Heritage Label in Court Action
 



Update August 8, 2013: The owner of the St. Charles Hotel has complied with the bylaw, and the building is now up to code. Future plans for the building are still unknown, but the owner will retain ownership. Future updates will be posted on this page as the information is acquired.
 

Located at the northwest corner of Albert Street and Notre Dame Avenue, this three-storey structure was built in 1913. Since 2008, Heritage Winnipeg has been working with the hotel’s owner to help him redevelop the hotel, but the owner has not cooperated. Without a sprinkler system to protect it as part of the Vacant and Derelict Buildings bylaw, this building is at future risk, and Heritage Winnipeg has encouraged the city to take the property so that a new owner can convert the building into a successful heritage project that can once again function as an integral part of the Exchange District. 

On May 27, 2013, the issue was taken back to the Standing Committee on Downtown Development, Heritage and Riverbank Management. Heritage Winnipeg spoke on behalf of the city taking the title and have put out, through CentreVenture Development Corporation, a public “Request for Proposal” to purchase and restore this heritage building.



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 www.assiniboinepark.ca
"
 
This excerpt was taken from Heritage Magazine 2014, Volume XVII, Number 1. To see the full article, please click here
 


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

 


In Memoriam: Bill McKay


 
William Gordon McKay (96) peacefully passed away at Victoria General Hospital on December 17, 2013. Born in Regina on December 10th, 1917, he grew up in Portage la Prairie and graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Civil Engineering. Having had a life long interest in the history of the Prairie Provinces, Bill previously served as President of Heritage Winnipeg at a time when many buildings in the Market Square area and Exchange District were being threatened with demolition. He has played an important role in the preservation of Winnipeg's built heritage, and he will be missed. May he rest in peace.

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