Spring Fundraiser Luncheon 2014

You're invited to join Heritage Winnipeg on April 30 at the Fort Garry Hotel for our Spring Fundraiser Luncheon. Professor Esyllt Jones, author of Imagining Winnipeg, will be our guest speaker.

If you would like to purchase ticket(s) or a Corporate Table, or have any questions regarding the event, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Thank you in advance for your consideration and we hope to see you there!





 

Dalnavert

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 attendace 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. 

St. Vital Library

Located at 6 Fermor Avenue, St. Vital Library is the first Winnipeg modernist structure to be designated as a historical structure. The library building was designed by architect, George A. Stewart, and resembles a key-shape. It officially opened in June of 1963. The rich history of the building and its significant architectural character-defining elements have led to a Grade III structure designation on the Buildings Conservation List.

For the full report, please click here

Council of Women of Winnipeg Inc.

Congratulations to the Council of Women of Winnipeg, who celebrated their 120th anniversary on April 8, 2014 at City Hall.

"The Council is a nonpartisan, nonsectarian network of organizations and individuals of diverse interests networking to pursue work of common interest where the stability of the family and the welfare community are concerned." (taken directly from the Council of Women of Winnipeg website)


Council of Women of Winnipeg President, Kelly-Ann Stevenson


City of Winnipeg Mayor, Sam Katz

For more information on the organization and their mission, please visit their website here

 

Sherbrook Pool

Update March 12, 2014 Sherbrook Pool is expected to be reopened in 2015. Congratulations to the Kinsman Club of Winnipeg for their generous donation to help re-open this historic and very valuable community asset. Community partnerships work!

A Swimmingly Good Time Will Be Had (Winnipeg Free Press)
 
 

 
Located at 381 Sherbrook Street, Sherbrook Pool officially opened in 1931 amidst The Great Depression and helped provide an escape from the troubles Canadians and Winnipegers faced at the time. Since it was the first Olympic-size pool in Winnipeg, it also served as both a training facility and a competition venue. The architecture of the building features an Art Deco style, designed by Ralph Benjamin Pratt and Donald Aynsley Ross.

For more background information on this historical facility, please consult the following documents published by the City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee in 2001.

381 Sherbrook Street (Long Version)

381 Sherbrook Street (Short Version)

In November 2012, Sherbrook Pool was closed by the City due to safety issues that arose during an inspection. Upon further assessment, it was found that the cost to repair the building and make it structurally sound would cost more than $2 million, and subsequently maintaining the pool would cost even more. Despite the high costs to fix and run the pool, the community surrounding the area is advocating for its repair as a recreation centre and prefer not to see the historic pool demolished.

UPDATE:  As of December 13, 2013, Mayor Sam Katz said the City is now committed to allocating 1.7 million to re-open the Sherbrook Pool.  The commitment comes after listening to people in the community who made the case for re-investing in the aging facility. The city said the 1.7 million will allow work to begin the pool to make it safe for public use and the pool needs an estimated 2.8 million for repairs and upgrades.
Sherbrook Pool - Gets Reprieve (Winnipeg Free Press)

For previous information on the pool's closure:

Sherbrook Pool - Gets Reprieve (Winnipeg Free Press)

Sherbrook Pool -- Worth Every Cent (Winnipeg Free Press)

Public to be consulted on fate of Sherbrook Pool (Winnipeg Free Press)

Sherbrook Pool closure worries community group (CBC News)

Doors Open 2014 Volunteers

Heritage Winnipeg is looking for volunteers for our 11th annual Doors Open Winnipeg event, which will take place on Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1. For anyone who enjoys dealing with the public, likes being active in the community, or has an interest in architecture or history, Doors Open Winnipeg has numerous opportunities for volunteers. We need ambassadors to represent buildings in this year's event, in roles ranging from welcoming visitors to providing building tours and site interpretation.

Volunteers are required to register in advance and will be given their assigned buildings in early May. For more information, please see the volunteer job description and registration form below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate the Heritage Winnipeg office.

Volunteer Form

 

Crescentwood Neighborhood

Congratulations to Winnipeg's very own Crescentwood Neighborhood for being chosen as one of the "Best Old Family-Friendly Neighborhoods" by This Old House magazine! Neighborhoods that fall into this category feature great schools, playgrounds, parks, and safe streets.


To read about Crescentwood in the full article, please click here

Kelly House - 88 Adelaide

Heritage Winnipeg was very much involved in protecting this home from demolition, and it was successfully preserved and rehabilitated. It had long term tenants, but unfortunately, they needed a larger space and moved out. This historic house is now vacant and is looking for a new tenant which will continue to ensure the economic success of this heritage project. For more information, please click here.

Heritage Gem Empty Again (Winnipeg Sun Article)


St. Charles Hotel - 235 Notre Dame Avenue

Update March 4, 2014: St. Charles Owner Fights Heritage Label in Court Action
 



Update August 8, 2013: The owner of the St. Charles Hotel has complied with the bylaw, and the building is now up to code. Future plans for the building are still unknown, but the owner will retain ownership. Future updates will be posted on this page as the information is acquired.
 

Located at the northwest corner of Albert Street and Notre Dame Avenue, this three-storey structure was built in 1913. Since 2008, Heritage Winnipeg has been working with the hotel’s owner to help him redevelop the hotel, but the owner has not cooperated. Without a sprinkler system to protect it as part of the Vacant and Derelict Buildings bylaw, this building is at future risk, and Heritage Winnipeg has encouraged the city to take the property so that a new owner can convert the building into a successful heritage project that can once again function as an integral part of the Exchange District. 

On May 27, 2013, the issue was taken back to the Standing Committee on Downtown Development, Heritage and Riverbank Management. Heritage Winnipeg spoke on behalf of the city taking the title and have put out, through CentreVenture Development Corporation, a public “Request for Proposal” to purchase and restore this heritage building.



Doors Open Winnipeg 2014 - May 31 & June 1, 2014

Join us for the 11th Anniversary of the Doors Open Winnipeg event.  This free public event will be held the weekend of May 31st & June 1st, 2014 throughout the City of Winnipeg.  Watch for further details.  We are excited that the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada (RAIC) at www.raic.org will be holding their annual conference in the City of Winnipeg during our Doors Open Winnipeg event.  We look forward to the delegates participating in this year's event.  In addition the Manitoba Architects Assocation (MAA) will be celebrating their 100th anniverary in conjunction with this event  

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