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.
Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the Fort Garry Hotel as our host and sponsor of the event and in addition to Rae and Jerry's restaurant for their donation. The fabulous raffle prize was won by architect Wins Bridgman. A big thank you to the fundraising committee for all their hard work, and a special thanks to the City of Winnipeg for their support.
Winnipeg Modern books are available at the HW office for $49.99 taxes included.
Emcee Celine Kear
Councillor Brian Mayes
Michel Legace - Grace
Patrons at event
Herbert Enns - Presenter
Wins Bridgman - Raffle Winner
Stacy Dyck - Committee Member
"The secret design elements of the Manitoba Legislative Building are now being marketed as part of an international tourism campaign. The Canadian Tourism Commission announced this morning that it has added the Hermetic Code Tour to its list of premiere tourist destinations." - Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 19, 2011
Manitoba Legislative Building
The Hermetic Code tour is based on the book by architectural historian Frank Albo. The book explores the occult and mythological symbolism built into the Legislative building and the Masonic connections of its architecture.
Frank Albo's website can be found here.
Frank Albo. source: Winnipeg Free Press
Heritage Winnipeg is pleased to announce that our first publication "Armstrong's Point - A History" is now availableYou can purchase the book at $39.95 (taxes incl.) through our office by contacting us at 942.2663 or email at email@example.com.
We accept cash or cheque only. The books can also be purchased signed by the author Randy Rostecki.
The book can also be purchased at McNally Robinson Polo Park and Grant Park.