Heritage Winnipeg's Spring Fundraising Luncheon


Heritage Winnipeg Spring Fundraiser Luncheon
Renovation vs Preservation: A Catalyst for Change and Causes for Concern
with Guest Speaker Richard Walls, Heritage Developer
Friday, April 17th, 2015
Noon to 1:30pm
Fort Garry Hotel, Provencher Room (Main Floor, 222 Broadway)
Tickets $75.00, Corporate Tables $750.00
Door Prize, Raffle, Cash Bar
Tickets can be purchased in our online store at www.heritagewinnipeg.com/store, at McNally Robinson Booksellers, or by contacting the office at 204-942-2663.

Charitable receipts will be issued after the event.

The Streetcars of Winnipeg: Our Forgotten Heritage

"On the 19th of September, 2015 it will be 60 years since the last streetcar made it’s final run through Winnipeg’s well known Portage and Main. Even our oldest daughter in her mid fifties never had a chance to see a Winnipeg streetcar operating, and naturally her children and grandchildren haven’t either. What an experience they have missed! I operated the streetcars for the final 17 months of existence here, April 1954 to September 1955. I was the third youngest streetcar operator at that time. I turned 86 years old in November 2014 so the remaining half dozen operators will be in their mid nineties now. I have tried to capture the experience that the 73 years of streetcar service provided to Winnipeg and the surrounding towns. From the start of the horse cars in 1882 where the drivers were paid 12 cents an hour, to the beginning of electric streetcars in January 1891, this book describes with the aid of numerous pictures the essence of the transportation experience of those times. The streetcars ran for approximately 35 years before the first four buses came in 1918. In that time the streetcars supported the growth of the city to 150,000 people by 1912 becoming the third largest city in Canada. Writing this book has brought back many fond memories of those days. The last Winnipeg streetcar book was written by the late John Baker 32 years ago. It’s about time for another."

A new book by Brian K. Darraugh - for more information, go to the publisher's website by clicking here.

Frontlines: The Future of Heritage - Call for Submissions



Theme:
Creative heritage conservation has the power to connect us to our past while ensuring a more socially sustainable future.
Still, Winnipeg continues to neglect the incredible potential of its built heritage. What needs to change for progressive heritage conservation to flourish in Winnipeg?

The Call:
Storefront Manitoba and Heritage Winnipeg open call to submit a proposal for a policy, practice, project, or any other idea that could significantly shift the way heritage is conserved in the city. Each one page proposal should outline how the concept will be developed in a compelling fifteen minute presentation. A diverse range of entries will be chosen based on the creativity and feasibility of the idea and the proposed presentation.

Considerations:
How can we make community-focused heritage conservation a priority for developers? How can we communicate the potential of vacant buildings? What heritage projects would set a precedent for more innovative conservation in the city?

Eligibility:
All individuals engaged with the city of Winnipeg's Design Community including: architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, and designers.

Deadline/Schedule: 1 page submissions emailed to info@storefrontmb.ca by April 1, 2015; Selections determined April 8, 2015.

Frontlines: The Future of Heritage Event The Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe May 30th 7-9pm - Selected applicants will present their ideas! Presentations will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion on forward-thinking heritage conservation in Winnipeg.

Questions: Please send questions and feedback to: info@storefrontmb.ca

Manitoba Corrections Museum: Donations Wanted for Display

Corrections in Manitoba dates back to 1870 when Manitoba joined Confederation. The Vaughn Street Gaol is Winnipeg's oldest public building, built in 1881. This gaol once held children as young as five years old, as the laws of Manitoba did not distinguish thieves, by age or sex. Currently our nine centres around the province, offer a cross-section of corrections from state of the art facilities to the more historical in nature. We have come a long way in our 133 year history.

Manitoba Corrections has been invited to display artifacts in the Winnipeg Police Museum located on the main floor of the newly renovated Winnipeg Police Service building at 266 Graham Avenue.

We would like to share our rich history with the public and we are looking for assistance from our retirees to help provide these symbols of our past. Donations may include vintage uniforms, equipment, records, photographs, and personal testimonials. Donations may be made anonymously or in honour of a specific person.

These items will be on loan from Manitoba Corrections until a more permanent and appropriate location for a museum of our own can be established.

Retirees may also be interested in volunteering at the museum.

There is no fee to view the museum, which at this time is scheduled to open in June 2015. I encourage all of you to drop in for a visit.

If you wish to donate an artifact or participate further with future activities and surveys, please feel free to contact Peter Korzeniowski at Headingley Correctional Centre at (204) 831-4602 (peter.korzeniowski@gov.mb.ca) or Yvonne Wood at (204) 831-4685 (yvonne.wood@gov.mb.ca).

30th Annual Preservation Awards (Feb. 16, 2015)

2015 Award Recipients

 

Commercial Conservation Award to:

VIA Rail Canada

Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd. 

For their work and vision of this historic former Union Station built in 1911 and located at 123 Main Street. For their leadership in the restoration of the historic rotunda, the enhancement of the passenger area, and augmenting the exterior at the back entrance, therefore strengthening the connection of the building from the Forks and Saint Boniface. 

 

Residential Conservation Award to:

The Bell Building Inc.

Neil Cooper Architects Inc. 

For this downtown condominium project in the historic building built in 1905 and located at 370 Donald Street. For their civic leadership on this residential conversion that sympathetically retains the character of the original building while retaining many of the interior character defining elements.

 

Commercial Conservation Award to:

Riverwood Church Community

John Van Leeuwen Architecture

For the rehabilitation of the Riverwood Church Community, the former Fire Hall Station 8 located at 325 Talbot Avenue. For their pivotal role in taking great care in rehabilitating this historic building so that it continues to be a landmark in the community as well as a vibrant part of the Elmwood community.

 

Residential Conservation Award to:

Veritas Development Corporation

Northern Sky Architecture Inc.

For this downtown condominium project in the historic warehouse building built in 1912 located at 128 James Avenue. For their civic and design leadership on this residential conversion that sympathetically retains the character of the original building.

 

Residential Conservation Award to:

Streetside Development Corporation

701 Architecture Inc.

For this downtown condominium project in the historic warehouse buildings built in 1910/11, and located presently at 132 James Avenue. For their civic leadership on this residential conversion that sympathetically retains the character of the original heritage buildings at 130 & 132/134 James Avenue.

 

For the Revitalization of North Main:

Neechi Commons

The owners of of the building located at 859 Main Street, for their leadership in a valuable employment, cultural, and community-building role through their large-scale investment in the North Main area working with existing buildings and the Aboriginal Community. Their work has played a pivotal role in the community by promoting this Aboriginal-based food, art, and social activist centre.

 

Distinguished Service Award to:

Marie Zorniak

as a driving force and long-time chair of the Provincial Red River Heritage Fair. The Heritage Fiar activities have been part of Winnipeg's educational offerings since Historica sponsored the first event in 1993. She has volunteered her time and expertise for over twenty years, and has ben an integral part of facilitating this event and its long-time success.

 

Distinguished Service Award to:

St. Matthew's Anglican Parish 

Grain of Wheat Community Church

for the adaptive re-use of the historic St. Matthew's Anglican Church built in 1913 and located at the northwest corner of Maryland and St. Matthew's. The converted building contains three components - residential, religious service space, and a neighbourhood resource centre for the community.

 

Acknowledgements

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of the following:

 

Manitoba Living History Society

Greg Agnew

Wins Bridgman

Nancy Klos

David & Linda McDowell

389 Main Street Heritage Corporation

 Walt Schoehausen

 Dayna Kinsman

 Hilda Wagstaffe

 Herbert Stewart

 

 

Thank you to the members of our 2015 Judging Committee:

 

Neil Einarson, Province of Manitoba

 Les Stechesen, Architect

 Jim Kacki, Architect

 Kyle Ledhowski, Province of Manitoba

 Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg



2015 Annual Preservation Awards - Celebrating 30 Years


You're invited to help Heritage Winnipeg celebrate the 30th Annual Presevation Awards on Feb. 16, 2015 at the historic Via Rail Station (former Union Station) Rotunda, 123 Main Street. This is a FREE community event commencing at 2pm with reception and 30-minute Jane's Walk tour to follow.  Please note that the Winnipeg Railway Museum, located at Tracks 1 & 2 on the 2nd floor of the Via Rail Winnipeg Station, will be open during this event.

Please consider supporting this event with a donation - details can be found by clicking on the form below.

Thank you to ViaRail for sponsoring this event!






 

2015 Annual Preservation Awards Forms

Nomination forms for the 2015 Annual Preservation Awards are now available. Instructions and eligibility criteria can be found on the forms below:

Conservation Nomination Form

Distinguished Service Nomination Form

Youth Nominaiton Form

Please note: The PDF forms can be filled in directly but need to be downloaded and saved to the computer first.

 

2015 Heritage Winnipeg Awards

Since 1985, Heritage Winnipeg has sponsored an annual awards program that seeks to recognize those people dedicated to the protection, restoration and conservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. Awards are also given to owners of heritage structures who seek to sensitively restore their buildings so that they become a productive element of the economical, cultural and social fabric of the community.

Awards are presented in three basic categories:

  1. Distinguished Service Award

    This award recognizes the special contribution of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg's built heritage.

  2. Heritage Conservation Award

    This award recognizes the special efforts and excellence in specific projects to protect, conserve and reuse structures of high historic or architectural value. Heritage Conservation Awards may be given specifically for commercial, institutional or residential projects that involve the sensitive and adaptive re-use of these structures and provide for their long-term protection.

    Heritage Conservation Awards may be given to the owners of commercial, institutional or residential structures with historical and/or architectural value and who provide long-term protection and conservation of key architectural elements for these structure and their sensitive adaptive use. Special recognition may also be given to consultants and contractors of the project selected for an award.

    In the case of a successful residential project, a special award will be given in the honour of C.W. Chivers, a well-known Winnipeg architect who designed buildings such as All Saint's Church, Balmoral Hall and the Assiniboine Park Pavilion.

  3. Youth Category

    This award recognizes the special contribution of non-professionals under the age of 25.

    Nominations may be made in more than one category. If possible, please enclose photographs or email digitized photos.

Questions relative to the requirements for a nomination may be directed to Ms. Cindy Tugwell, Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, by phone (942-2663), fax (942-2094) or e-mail (info@heritagewinnipeg.com). The deadline for nominations is January 17, 2015. Completed nominations can be mailed to:

Heritage Winnipeg Corporation
#509 - 63 Albert Street
Winnipeg, Manitoba
R3B 1G4

Winners will receive a framed certificate recognizing their effort at a ceremony to be held on National Heritage Day - the third Monday in February.



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. 

Executive Director Cindy Tugwell on CJOB

Winnipeg Has Great Heritage - Can We Protect It? (CJOB)

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