May 28, 2020

Kildonan Park: Strolling Through History

A beautiful site with lush trees and open fields, Kildonan Park is the perfect place to socialize and relax. Established in 1909 at 2015 Main Street, Kildonan Park was a 73-acre space. Over time, the park has since expanded and now spreads 98 acres beside the Red River. People can enjoy the park in a…

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May 21, 2020

Robert J. Sweeney: At the Intersection of Art and Architecture

You do not have to look far to catch a glimpse of Winnipeg’s rich architectural history. Buildings of all shapes and sizes decorate the city— each with a story to share with us. These stories and designs can help us truly appreciate the different buildings whether modernist like the Winnipeg Art Gallery, Queen Anne Revival…

May 13, 2020

A Foundation of Justice: The Old Law Courts Building

The Old Law Courts Building is a celebration of justice set in Manitoba Tyndall stone, an important landmark that reminds us of our history while making way for progress. Located at 391 Broadway, one cannot help but notice its grand cupola looking out towards the Golden Boy, which is situated on its own cupola above…

May 7, 2020

The Winnipeg Art Gallery: Modernist ARTchitecture

A stunning expression of modernist architecture, the Winnipeg Art Gallery is home to celebrated works by some of the greatest artists from our past and present. Inside its sheer limestone walls you can find exhibits that range from rare to avant-garde, from exotic to local, including “the world’s largest public collection of modern and contemporary…

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May 1, 2020

Victoria Hall: Finding a Piece of The Past

Victoria Hall, a theatre dating from the late 1800s, created a much different experience from the ones we know and love today, such as the Park Theatre or Burton Cummings Theatre. Safety features, building materials, and forms of entertainment have all been dramatically changed and upgraded. But one thing has not changed and that is…

April 17, 2020

The Transformation of the Transcona Bank of Toronto

The historic Bank of Toronto Building in the community of Transcona is the fitting home of the Transcona Museum. Originally designed to safely stow fiscal wealth, it now protects the community’s treasured history. A stately brick building that has stood the test of time, the bank has been a constant in a community that has…

April 15, 2020

The Caron House Carries On

Paul Sullivan, writing for the Winnipeg Free Press, once wrote of the Caron House “[it] stares out at the Assiniboine River like an old blind woman in her rocking chair, getting the sun.” At the time the Caron House was some 78 years old, and as Sullivan continued, was a “stately three storey brick building,…

April 8, 2020

Caring for the Community – The Winnipeg Hebrew Free School

Located in the North End, on the corner of Magnus Avenue and Andrews Street, is a red brick building covered in murals. Today, this building is the home of the United Way’s Andrews Street Family Centre, with safe and supportive spaces that offer basic needs for the surrounding community. However, long before the Centre opened,…

April 1, 2020

The Promise of Our Lady of the Good Heart

There is a small chapel in a park across the street from the church of St. Norbert’s Parish, at 80 Rue St. Pierre. It has no door, only a small iron-wrought fence. A statue of the Virgin Mary watches over the space from her place at the rear of the sanctuary. This small chapel, named…

March 26, 2020

Hospital Histories: The Winnipeg Municipal Hospital

Two archways are hidden on the grounds of the Riverview Health Centre at 1 Morley Avenue. Carved into the archway’s pediments are a stylized cross and the words “NURSES ENTRANCE”, giving two small hints into what the doorways were once attached too. Plaques sit nearby for curious passerby’s to read about the history of these…

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