Dalnavert Museum - 61 Carlton Street

UPDATE NOVEMBER 28, 2014

Study to probe reopening Dalnavert Museum (Winnipeg Free Press November 23, 2014)

UPDATE NOVEMBER 7, 2014

Heritage Winnipeg Blog Post about the history of Dalnavert
TOWN HALL MEETING NOV. 22, 2014 - see you there!
 

UPDATE MAY 30, 2014

Dalnavert's Backers Upbeat (Winnipeg Free Press May 25, 2014)
Dalnavert Meeting to Be Held Today Despite Pullout by Candace House (Winnipeg Free Press May 23, 2014)
Candace House withdraws proposal for Dalnavert Museum (Winnipeg Free Press May 23, 2014)
Museum's Future Goes to Vote (Winnipeg Free Press May 23, 2014)
 

UPDATE MAY 6, 2014 - FRIENDS OF DALNAVERT

Friends of Dalnavert Museum Proposal
 
UPDATE MAY 5, 2014

Museums want Dalnavert's Share (Winnipeg Free Press May 1, 2014)
Candace House in tradition of Dalnavert (Winnipeg Free Press April 30, 2014)
Dalnavert - Candace House partnership sound (Winnipeg Free Press April 30, 2014)

 
UPDATE APRIL 23, 2014

"The Friends of Dalnavert say they can recruit the experts needed to keep Dalnavert a viable attraction rather than see its owner, the Manitoba Historical Society, turn over the keys to Candace House, a centre for victims of crime who have to attend to or testify at the Law Courts Building or in provincial court."

Still Hope For Dalnavert: Friends (Winnipeg Free Press)

 
UPDATE APRIL 17, 2014

"The Manitoba Historical Society has agreed to transfer Dalnavert Museum to Candace House Inc., a non-profit support centre for the victims of crime." (taken from "Dalnavert To Reopen as Support Centre", Winnipeg Free Press)

To read the full article, please click the link below:

Dalnavert To Reopen as Support Centre (Winnipeg Free Press)

 

A NATIONAL HISTORIC TREASURE - DALNAVERT MUSEUM

Sir Hugh John Macdonald, son of John A. Macdonald (Canada's first prime minister), purchased the property at 61 Carlton Street, where a home for his family was to be built and named Dalnavert. Constructed in 1895, the Dalnavert House reflects Victorian-era architectural style. Lady MacDonald sold Dalnavert after Sir Hugh John Macdonald died in 1929, and it became a boarding house until it was purchased almost 40 years later by Lakeview Developments Company. Their intention was to tear down the house and build an apartment building in its place, at which point, the Manitoba Historical Society stepped in and raised enough money to purchase the home from the company so as to preserve the home's legacy. In 1974, the Dalnavert was restored and re-opened as a museum with guided tours. In September 30, 1987, Dalnavert became a provincially designated site and became a National Historic Site in 1990. For more historic information on Dalnavert, please click here

After a surprise closure following Labor Day in September 2013, the fate of the historic Dalnavert Museum has yet to be determined. This sudden closure frustrated many of the volunteers who came to work one day only to find the doors locked without any advanced notice. Low attendance rates in conjunction with the cost to keep the museum running played a big role in the decision to close its doors. The Manitoba Historical Society has been spending these past winter months deliberating on and trying to reach an acceptable solution on how to proceed regarding this important Winnipeg landmark. For more information regarding the closing of Dalnavert, please read the following Winnipeg Free Press articles:


Historic Dalnavert Shuttered
Heritage Community Seeks to Save Dalnavert
Dalnavert Museum's Glimmer of Hope

Heritage Winnipeg along with other stakeholders have formed the Friends of Dalnavert Museum and responded to a recent request for proposals from The Manitoba Historical Society.  We are currently working to move forward to look at all options to re-open this historic and unique museum.  2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the opening of Dalnavert Museum. 

The Mayor's Task Force on Heritage, Culture and Arts



The Mayor's Task Force on Heritage, Culture and Arts was assembled to recommend ways that Winnipeg can move forward in “supporting and structuring Winnipeg’s vibrant arts, culture, and heritage sectors”.  The Mayor's Task Force, chaired by Councillor Mike Pagtakhan, included individuals representing all these sectors and organizations integral to the arts, cultural and heritage community, including Heritage Winnipeg’s Executive Director Cindy Tugwell.

The Task Force submitted their final report and very appropriately Mayor Brian Bowman announced it at the annual Mayor's Luncheon for the Arts at the Fort Garry Hotel on Thursday, June 8th, 2017.  The Mayor indicated that "a new liaison committee will be formed to advise Council on the next steps". 
 
One of the proposed recommendations requests that the City of Winnipeg support Heritage Winnipeg and the Winnipeg Arts Council to establish a new “arm’s length” granting program for Museums going forward, which would ultimately reside with Heritage Winnipeg.  The Task Force felt that Heritage Winnipeg’s expertise in the conservation of historic/heritage structures and sites lent itself well to the nature of museums, and the fact that many museums are located in heritage buildings.
 
Heritage Winnipeg’s capacity would be built with the support of the Winnipeg Arts Council, a pre-eminent city-building organization recognized for its grant programs to artists. The Winnipeg Arts Council’s experience in developing and implementing peer assessment processes that are removed from the political decision-making sphere would lend to the credibility of the new structure.
  • That the City of Winnipeg maintain the Museums Board during a two-year transition period until December 31, 2018, during which a special services agency for city-owned museums and a peer assessment process under Heritage Winnipeg will be established to allocate funds to eligible museums beginning in 2020.
  • That the City of Winnipeg maintain the Museums Board for the remainder od 2017 and entirety of 2018, enabling a transfer of funding to other organizations proposed herein.
  • The City of Winnipeg support the Winnipeg Arts Council and Heritage Winnipeg in the establishment of a partnership in service of the museums community of Winnipeg, as described in the statement of Intent provided in Appendix C of this report, inclusive of capacity funding for Heritage Winnipeg through the transition phase.
  • The Winnipeg Arts Council and Heritage Winnipeg sign a memorandum of understanding to outline the process of transitioning from the Museums Board to a juried granting process for museums (approximate annual value of $240,000), understanding that the City of Winnipeg will delegate authority for final determination of grants distribution to this partnership.
  • The Winnipeg Arts Council and Heritage Winnipeg work collaboratively to establish appropriate application criteria and processes for a new juried granting process open to all museums located in the City of Winnipeg, including consultation with the Museums community.
  • The Winnipeg Arts Council provide its expertise to Heritage Winnipeg in developing and implementing a peer assessment process for the allocation of grants.
  • That City Council dissolves the existing City of Winnipeg Museums Board.
The City of Winnipeg provide an annual operating grant (i.e., a portion of current operating budget of the City of Winnipeg Museums Board), to establish a special services agency within the City of Winnipeg Archives to accommodate the six “City Owned” museums, with an annual operating budget based upon 2016 funding allocations (approximately $790,000 based on 2016 funding allocations).
 
The City of Winnipeg provide an annual operating grant (i.e, a portion of the current operating budget of the City of Winnipeg’s Museums Board) to Heritage Winnipeg to assume responsibility for the role of advocate for Museums in Winnipeg, and to implement and manage a peer assessment process for the allocation of program and project grants to non-city owned Museums on behalf of the City of Winnipeg, with a total funding pool (based upon 2016 funding process allocations of approximately $240,000 annually).
 
The City of Winnipeg in cooperation with relevant stakeholders, has an opportunity to adopt a leadership role with respect to built heritage. As the owner of numerous heritage and historic buildings, the city has an opportunity to act as stewards, and develop and adopt appropriate policies and management practices to maintain these resources. Heritage Winnipeg has been identified as one organizations with a keen interest in better coordination with the city’s heritage-related activities.

The Task Force identified the reallocation of the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund as a mechanism to support city-led heritage initiatives. Although the fund currently helps support CentreVenture’s projects, the Development Corporation was established with an aim of becoming self-sufficient over time. This means that as CentreVenture moves towards its entrepreneurial aim, the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund could be allocated to achieve its intended purpose of heritage protection, education, and conservation. To this end, the Task Force has recommended several actions to support on-going built-heritage conservation and re-development efforts.

Thank you to all the stakeholders that participated and contributed to this report!  A special thank you to Mayor Bowman and Councillor Pagtakhan for their vision and commitment and also to InterGroup Consultants Ltd. for their help with the consulting process.

To read the full list of reccomendations set out by the Task Force, please click here

The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra Presents: Music at the Millennium, FREE Summer Concert Series

Join us on Tuesday, June 13, 2017, and every Tuesday thereafter until August 15 for Music at the Millennium, free summer concert series, that brings world-class musicians from the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra out to perform, free of charge, in the former banking hall (Celebration Hall), at the historic Millennium Centre (the former Canadian Bank of Commerce) located at 389 Main Street, between Lombard and McDermot on the East side of Main Street.

Sandwiches and drinks will be available for purchase by WOW Hospitality Concepts, and donations to the Millennium Centre, (a charitable, non-profit organization), will be gratefully accepted. 

When: Every Tuesday from June 13th, 2017 to August 15th, 2017 between 12 pm & 1 pm.
Doors Open at 11:30 am and the Concert starts at promptly at noon. 

Thank you to TELPAY for sponsorsing this event. TELPAY
Also to WOW Hospitality, tenants and exclusive caters at the Millennium Centre, AND themillenniumcentre for their gracious contributions. 



 

Where: The Millennium Centre, 389 Main Street (east side of Main Street between Lombard and McDermot)



Voice Your Support! Federal Incentives for the Rehabilitation of Canada's Historic Places

Update from the National Trust of Canada -
Thanks to your efforts and the letters written by many heritage supporters, MPs voted in the House of Commons today, March 23, 2017 to send Bill C-323 to theStanding Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development – an important step in making tax incentives a reality!
 
Take a moment to savour this historic milestone in the 40 year campaign to achieve tax incentives for historic places in Canada.
We urge you to thank your MP for voting YES. Find out here how your MP voted.

Where are we in the process?

Second Reading Vote to Send to Committee
Passed, Thursday, March 23

Committee Stage
The Committee has up to 60 sitting days to consider it, make any amendments, and bring it back to Parliament.

Report Stage Reading (Back to House of Commons)
There will be debate (two one-hour sessions) and voting on proposed amendments the following week. The process could take up to 30 days.

Third Reading
More debate (two one-hour sessions) and a vote – if passed, the Bill goes to Senate for debate and passing, Royal Assent, and becomes law.

Considering there are only between 33 and 44 sitting days left in the Parliamentary Calendar before the summer break, we are unsure if how far the Bill will proceed this spring.What’s next?  We still have work to do!  Your continued support will be needed to ensure that members of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development are aware that Canadian communities need the measures proposed in Bill C-323.
 

Update March 17 – House of Commons to vote on Bill C-323 on Thursday, March 23. Vote will either kill Bill or send it to the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development for further discussion. It’s not too late to contact your local MP!

Update March 2 – Second hour of House of Commons debate on Heritage Tax Bill C-323 may be set for Thursday, March 9. Vote to kill bill or to send committee – March 22.

Update Feb. 13 – First hour of debate on Heritage Tax Bill C-323 took place in House of Commons

On December 1, 2016, a Private Members Bill to create tax credits for historic places was tabled in the House of Commons. Bill C-323 – An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Rehabilitation of Historic Property) – is based on a great US success story with a 40- year track record. This Bill presents an historic opportunity to tell elected officials from every political party that Canada’s historic places matter, and that federal actions can help save and renew them.
 
About Bill C-323
 
Bill C-323 includes the creation of:
 
  • A 20% tax credit on eligible costs of rehabilitation work done to designated historic places (commercial & owner-occupied residential); and
  • An accelerated Capital Cost Allowance (25%/50%/25%) for eligible capitalized costs incurred under the same conditions of the tax credit (commercial only)
 
These two tax measures would transform the economic fundamentals for renewing historic places. In the process would create more skilled jobs and generate less carbon and new construction.

 
What can you do?
 
You’ll find information about Bill C-323 and background materials to help you take action below.
 
1. Write to your MP, or ask for a meeting, or both! Point to historic places in your riding that need this kind of financial measure – especially those at risk!
 
Here is a link to find your MP by postal code: https://goo.gl/Yt9R9q
 
2. Write a letter to the Minister of the Environment, who is responsible for built heritage in Canada.  A real letter is much more effective than an e-mail!

The Honourable Catherine McKenna MP
Minister of Environment and Climate Change
200 Sacre-Coeur Boulevard
Gatineau QC K1A 0H3

http://ec.ministre-minister.ec@canada.ca

If you would like to learn more about the proposed measure please do not hesitate to contact us at our Heritage Winnipeg offices:

Office: 204-942-2663
Email: http://info@heritagewinnipeg.com

Full text of Bill C-323:

https://goo.gl/nkQQMy

National Trust for Canada Webpage:
https://goo.gl/nuyX06








 




 
 
 
 
 
 

Frontlines: Exhibit A - Investigating the Public Safety Building & Lands

Thank you to everyone who came out to listen to the presentations and panel discussion regarding this important initiative.  Special thanks to Storefront Manitoba and CentreVenture Development Corporation for faciliating this event.
This was session 1 of 3  of the Storefront Manitoba Frontlines series.  Heritage Winnipeg participated in the panel discussion to investigate future options for the Public Safety Building and Market Lands. For further details visit:

Storefront Manitoba

CentreVenture Development Corporation




Celebrating our heritage on February 20th



Crocus Building renamed the McKim Building

Heritage Winnipeg is very pleased to announce the Crocus building, located at 211 Bannatyne Avenue, in the Exchange District, a national historic site, (formerly named the J.H. Ashdown Hardware Store) is now officially called The McKim Building, named for McKim Communications Group - www.mckimcg.ca.  For years many Winnipeggers have been waiting patiently for this historic building to be renamed.  A brand new sign is now shining high above the sidewalk on the Main Street facade. Congratulations!


McKim Communications Group Media Release - dated January 11, 2017:
McKimBldgRenaming

Links to media coverage:
CBC News
Winnipeg Sun

City of Winnipeg historical report
 

Save 514 Wellington Crescent!

This historic and stunning home has stood on the corner of Wellington Crescent and Kingsway, adjacent to St. Mary’s Academy since 1909. The home’s official name is the Gordon residence, named for its first owner James T. Gordon,  who worked in the meat packing business. It is a beautifully built home, and Winnipeg will likely never see the likes of it again if it is demolished.



It not only has great architectural value, but a rich social history, with many prominent families calling it home over the years. During the 1920s the Bawlf family, who founded the Grain Exchange owned the home, and the Grain Exchange had a huge impact on the development of Winnipeg as a City.  During the 1940s, Victor Sifton, the owner and publisher of the Winnipeg Free Press, lived in this home and until earlier this year, the home was owned by former Senator Douglas Everett who maintained it meticulously. Currently Leader Equity Partners, a Winnipeg development firm, have purchased the 107-year-old, 8,000-square-foot home, and potentially want to demolish it to build a new condo development on the property.  

Along with Heritage Winnipeg many people in the heritage community are outraged, and many of the residents of the Crescentwood Association are rallying to help save the home. Visit save514wellington.com for more information, and click here to add your name to the petition to help save this beautiful historic home.

First World War Digital Memorial Project



Aimed at acknowledging the 100th anniversary of Canada's involvement in the First World War, this project is a digitally-enhanced memorial to be housed in Winnipeg's former Union Station, VIA Rail Canada, from approximately February 2016 to November 11, 2018.

The railways of Canada have provided a long and enduring relationship to all things military, making the VIA Rail Station an appropriate location for this display. Additionally, the content will be available for broader public access on a website.

The display will recognize the major offensive battles that the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) participated in, listing the name, rank, and unit of each individual that was killed. The names will be displayed on the 100th anniversary of the month in which they lost their lives.

The names of those individuals who lost their lives in smaller engagements will also be included, with reference to the location where the individuals lost their lives.

Canada, as a dominion of the British Empire, had automatically entered the war on August 4, 1914, when Britain declared war against Germany in support of its Russian and French allies. However, at that time, the Canadian Expeditionary Force consisted of barely 3000 men. Canadians landed in France early in 1915, with Guy Dwyer becoming the first combat casualty on February 2, 1915.

Over 600 000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War (1914-1918) as soldiers, nurses, and chaplains. At war's end, 64 944 Canadian military personnel, alongside 2000 civilians, lost their lives. An additional 149 732 were injured in the sixth deadliest conflict in world history.

Thank you to the City of Winnipeg Council for their donations, a total of $30,000 from Councillor Mayes, Councillor Dobson, Councillor Gerbasi, Councillor Sharma, Councillor Gillingham, Councillor Morantz, Councillor Patakhan, and Councillor Wyatt.

This generous donation has provided about half of the funds required to complete the project. Donations can be made using the green "Donate" link above - just specify in the memo what the donation is for, or give us a call at 204-942-2663 to let us know!

Councillors unite for First World War digital commemoration project (Metro News April 8, 2015)
First World War Memorial Gets 100% Approval (On the Line - Winnipeg October 16, 2015)


 

The Scott Block - 272 Main Street

History is not on their side (Winnipeg Free Press, July 23, 2014)
Advocacy Alert: The Scott Block at 272 Main Street (Heritage Winnipeg Blog, July 23, 2014)
HW's Annual Preservation Awards (Heritage Winnipeg, February 17, 2014)

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