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May 7, 2018

Doors Open Winnipeg 2018!



Held annually on the last weekend of May, Doors Open Winnipeg is a FREE city-wide celebration of Winnipeg’s distinct spaces, outstanding architecture and vibrant history. Each year, visitors are encouraged to explore Winnipeg’s past at over 90 unique events and tours located throughout the city.

This year we are excited to bring in a new mix of tours and locations, plus a cast of returning favourites including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Haunted Winnipeg Mini-Tour and St. Norbert Provincial Heritage Park.

2018 is also the year that Doors Open Winnipeg turns 15! Since 2004, over 300, 000 visitors and countless volunteers have made Doors Open Winnipeg one of the city’s essential spring events.

Come and celebrate the stories our buildings tell! Doors Open Winnipeg kicks off on Saturday, May 26th and runs through to Sunday, May 27th. Want to get involved 
with this year’s event?

Check out our pages for volunteers, sponsors, and building owners.


 

April 19, 2018

2018 Spring Fundraising Luncheon

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone supported our 12th Annual Spring Fundraising Luncheon! This year's event was held in the Provencher Room at the Fort Garry Hotel, with John Pollard giving a fantastic presentation on his experience owning and conserving the Fortune and Macdonald Blocks.

Our sincerest gratitude goes to the Speaker of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Myrna Driedger for opening the luncheon, John Pollard for his wonderful presentation, Fleet Galleries for their raffle donation and the Fort Garry Hotel for their raffle donation and excellent hospitality.

Funds raised from this year's luncheon will be used to support the valuable work of Heritage Winnipeg. 

THANK YOU!


John Pollard speaking about his experiences with the Fortune and Macdonald Blocks


Speaker of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Myrna Driedger and Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg, Cindy Tugwell


2018 Spring Fundraising Luncheon at the Fort Garry Hotel

 


February 28, 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 Annual Preservation Awards Winners!

Heritage Winnipeg held the 33rd Annual Preservation Awards in celebration of National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day in the Manitoba Legislative Building Rotunda on Monday, February 19, 2018. Six buildings were recognized at the event, with the individuals and institutions behind their conservation success being honoured with awards. Heritage Winnipeg is pleased to congratulate the winners on their outstanding contributions to ensuring Winnipeg’s built heritage will continue to contribute positively to the city for many years to come!
 
Heritage Winnipeg would also like to thank WOW Hospitality Concepts for catering the event and the Manitoba Legislative Building for hosting the event.

 
2018 Heritage Winnipeg
Conservation Award of Excellence

 

INSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATION AWARD
Manitoba Legislative Chamber at 450 Broadway
The Province of Manitoba & Republic Architecture Inc.


 
COMMERCIAL CONSERVATION AWARD
Inglis Building (NWCTA) at 291 Garry Street
Metric Marketing, Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd.
& Alpha Masonry Ltd.


 
COMMERCIAL CONSERVATION AWARD
Former William E. Milner House at 51 Balmoral Avenue
Great-West Life Assurance Company & Prairie Architects Inc.

“We are very pleased to receive this award, recognizing the revitalization we undertook of the historic Milner house,” said Jennifer Diakiw Labuik, Design Manager, Corporate Properties, when she accepted the award on behalf of Great-West. “This home has begun a new life as the Building Blocks on Balmoral child care centre for 100 children in our community.”
Image and quote from Great West Life Assurance Company


 
INSTITUTIONAL CONSERVATION AWARD
Leatherdale Hall - addition to Wesley Hall at 515 Portage Avenue
University of Winnipeg & Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd.

 
COMMERCIAL CONSERVATION AWARD
Confederation Life Building at 457 Main Street
Shindico Realty Inc., Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd. & B & F Masonry Canada


 

2018 Heritage Winnipeg
Special President’s Award

 

COMMERCIAL COMMUNITY REVITALIZATION
Armstrong Block at 164 Langside Street
The Armstrong Family


October 23, 2017

In Memoriam - CELINE KEAR (Nee Power)

Thank you to everyone who joined us in celebrating the life of Celine Kear at the Millennium Centre on October 19th, 2017. Special thanks to Celine's sisters, Maureen Roche, Mary Power, Pauline Lake and Bernadette Cocker, WOW Hospitality and all those who made a donation in memory of Celine.

Celine will be deeply missed by everyone at Heritage Winnipeg
 for her unwavering commitment, dedication, and passion to our organization and our city over the many years of her involvement. 

 
Thank you to the following individuals for their donations to Heritage Winnipeg in memory of Celine Kear: 
 
David McDowell Richard Girling
Nancy Klos Carolyn Wilkinson
Dianne Beaven Carol Scott
Marie Ohta Glen Merritt
John Lehr Lawrence Hodkinson
Joyce Reshaur John Pollard
Bruce McNeice Vicky Armanios
Beverley Watts Kirk & Sonia Kuppers
Robert Darling Mary Power
Bernadette Cocker Marina Plett-Lyle
Maureen Roche Pauline Lake
Mick Hersak Graham Watson
Phyllis Watson Doris Lemoine
Joyce MacMartin Ellen Peel
Corinne Tellier Mary Lynn & Harry Duckworth
A. Hilda Wagstaffe
 
 

Celine Kear, Chair of the Heritage Winnipeg Fundraising Commitee
and MC at the spring luncheons at the Fort Garry Hotel in 2013

It is with great sadness that Heritage Winnipeg acknowledges the passing of Celine Kear on Saturday, September 9th, 2017.  Celine was long-time supporter of and advocate for Winnipeg's built heritage. 

Celine Kear had many decades of experience in the volunteer sector and the charitable non-profit heritage community.  She has served on the Dalnavert Management Committee and on the Board of The Friends of the Ralph Connor House (FRCH). She is a past president of both the Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) and Heritage Winnipeg (HW), and has completed a two –year term as president of the Manitoba branch of the Canadian Federation of University Women. (CFUW)  She taught at Vincent Massey School for many years, and part-time at the University of Winnipeg. Celine was bilingual and she was also an experienced fundraiser.

Heritage Winnipeg Board Member 1998-2010
President, Heritage Winnipeg - 2004-2006
Past President, Heritage Winnipeg - 2007-2010
Chair of the HW Fundraising Committee, and host of HW Fundraising committee events 2006-2016
Doors Open Winnipeg, annual volunteer chair of hosting guests at the Lieutenant Governor’s house for their levee.
Recipient of the Heritage Winnipeg Lifetime Achievement award in 2016 for her volunteer efforts in the heritage community.

 

Celine Kear at the HW fall fundraiser at the historic Kantor House
(Moss House) in 2011.

Mahers Funeral Home -  Click here for a full obituary
An obituary will also be in the Winnipeg Free Press on Saturday, September 16, 2017.


 

October 5, 2017

Heritage Winnipeg makes bid to save lavish Oak Room at the St. Regis Hotel: UPDATE

Heritage Winnipeg is proud to have worked with Brock Coutts in successfully preserving the Oak Room from the St. Regis Hotel! The Oak Room will be incorporated into Coutts' purposed whisky distillery, Patent 5, which will be located in the Dominion Express Company Building, a heritage building at 108-112 Alexander Avenue. Heritage Winnipeg is grateful for the corporation of Fortress Real Developments and Edenshaw Developments in the removal of the Oak Room from the St. Regis Hotel.

From the CBC: Whisky producer eyes warehouse on the edge of Winnipeg's Exchange District



August 3, 2017:

Heritage Winnipeg hopes to preserve the historic Oak Room at the St. Regis Hotel, which is set to be demolished in August.

From the CBC:

With just weeks before the building is set to be demolished, Heritage Winnipeg is hoping to preserve the grandeur of the St. Regis Hotel's Oak Room. 

Just as its name says, the century-old banquet area is extensively panelled in oak, where it has a storied history on the first floor of the old hotel on Smith Street.

Fortress Real Developments plans to build a commercial space and parkade after the demolition of the building begins in August

"What we'd like to see is some help or some support with the city and maybe someone in the private sector to help us dismantle the room, preserve it ... ultimately to be showcased in another heritage building," said Cindy Tugwell, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg

Please visit the CBC's website to read the rest the full article.

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