February 19, 2020

The 35th Annual Preservation Awards

Since 1985 Heritage Winnipeg has been proud to award exceptional heritage projects and individuals at our Annual Preservation Awards. These recognized and awarded projects range from large scale restoration/rehabilitation to more modest (but nonetheless important) preservation work. Through the years, Heritage Winnipeg has recognized over 60 individuals and 130 building projects that have made a…


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February 12, 2020

Behind the Stained Glass: Westminster United Church

Since 1992, the Westminster United Church has been both a municipally and provincially designated heritage building.  It’s a well-earned designation; the Westminster Church is a distinctive landmark in the neighbourhood of Wolseley and has played an important role in the community since its 1910 construction. Today, the church is a part of the United Church…

February 5, 2020

The New Edition of the St. John’s Library

The stately St. John’s Library stands, newly renovated, at 500 Salter Street as a testament to the power of libraries both today and at the turn of the 20th century. Today, there are 20 libraries spread out across Winnipeg’s neighbourhoods but when the St. John’s Library opened in 1915, it was one of just three….

January 29, 2020

The Granite Curling Club: History Between The Sheets

The Granite Curling Clubhouse and Rink at 1 Granite Way is a picturesque building on a shaded lot just off of Osborne Street and has been a mainstay of the Winnipeg curling scene since its opening in 1912. The Granite Curling Club itself, though, is much older. It was founded in 1880, a time before…

January 22, 2020

The “Cool Factor” of Cold Storage: The Johnston Terminal

The Johnston Terminal was not built to be pretty, but functional. In fact, a 1986 structural study of the Johnston Terminal described the building as “simple and utilitarian with no outstanding architectural features”. Now, outstanding architectural features were not a requirement at the time of construction . When it was built in 1928, it was…

January 15, 2020

California Calling: The Buena Vista Apartments

On a dark and cold winter day in Winnipeg, one only needs to travel to the Norwood neighbourhood to find a little bit of California sunshine. The Buena Vista Apartments are an unexpected splash of Spanish flare, standing out as one of the scarce examples of Mission Revival architecture in the city. At first glance…

January 8, 2020

The Old Lady of Carlton Street: The Winnipeg Free Press Building

The Manitoba Health Offices building at 300 Carlton Street does not try to hide what it once was. Along the roof, in boxy letters, are the words “FREE PRESS”. It is a not-so-subtle reminder of the building’s publishing past. For 79 years, 300 Carlton Street was the home of the Winnipeg Free Press, Manitoba’s oldest…

December 18, 2019

Hall-Marks The Spot: Winnipeg’s Heritage in Christmas Movies

If you have been anywhere in Winnipeg in the past several years, you’ve likely seen a film crew at some point. They’re easy to spot: Long white trucks, maybe a trailer or two, set up along Winnipeg’s suburban streets or in a parking lot downtown. Manitoba’s film industry has taken off, bringing in millions of…

December 12, 2019

An Opportunity for Revival: The Sale of St. Boniface’s City Hall and Fire Hall

On December 4, 2019, St. Boniface’s former City Hall and Fire Hall No. 1 saw dozens of people walk through their doors to attend their open houses. This took place just a week after the City of Winnipeg announced their plans to sell these two historic structures and put out a request for proposals. Local…

December 4, 2019

The Little House on Adelaide: The Story of the Kelly House

Among the large industrial warehouses that make up the bulk of the Exchange District, The Kelly House at 88 Adelaide seems out of place. Comparatively small, the red-bricked Queen Anne Revival Style home today is sandwiched between two massive warehouses and parking lots. McDermot looking west from Main Street in 1882 Source: Province of Manitoba…

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