To read about Crescentwood in the full article, please click here
Heritage Gem Empty Again (Winnipeg Sun Article)
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.
The goal is to gather information on popular models used by other cities to create Heritage Districts and to propose a model that could be used in Winnipeg to begin creating Heritage Districts
The benefits of a Heritage Conservation District are:
- Protect and conserve an area's special and distinct cultural heritage resources
- Revitalization of an area
- Enhance community identity, pride and involvement
- A legacy for future generations
- Provide a consistent approach to protecting and enhancing those features that give an area its unique identity
- Potential for economic spin offs and tourism generation
This information was taken from the City of Winnipeg website. For further details, please click here
The park also features an enclosed year-round Conservatory that is home to more than 8,000 flowers, plants, and trees. Other sites include the Tudor-styled Park Pavilion and Tower, the unique children's Nature Playground, cross-country ski trails, a toboggan hill, the Riley Family Duck Pond, and the Assiniboine Park Zoo, complete with tiger cubs and polar bears.
The park has evolved into an important historical and cultural landscape that is worthy of preservation. In 2008, the Assiniboine Park Conservancy was created, a private/public, charitable organization committed to protecting and enhancing the park's assets and to ensuring its continued public enjoyment for decades to come. Learn more at www.assiniboinepark.ca "
Heritage Winnipeg was very pleased to present the 29th Annual Preservation Awards at the James W. Burns Executive Education Centre I.H. Asper School of Business on Lombard Avenue. Located in the former Great West Life Building at 177 Lombard Avenue in the Exchange District. They also received a Heritage Award in 2013 for the preservation and renovations to their space on the 2nd floor. This event is held in celebration of National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day. It is a free community event that was held on Monday, February 17, 2014 to recognize completed projects iin 2013 that have contributed to the preservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. Congratulations to all of the nominees and winners!
The 2014 Award Recipients:
The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba,Owners
1 X 1 Architecture Inc., Architects of Record
Smith Carter Architects & Engineers Inc., Design Architects
Alpha Masonry Ltd., Masonry work
Crosier Kilgour and Partners Ltd., Structural Engineers and Building Envelope Specialists
Akman Construction Ltd., Construction Manager
For their undertaking to conserve the Workers Compensation Board Building.
George Anderson (Owner of the WCB), Markian Yereniuk, Jason Kun, Doug Corbett (Architects), John Wells, Stephen Wu (Structural Engineers), Gus Kotulas (Alpha Masonry), and Frank Koreman
Public Capital Company, Owners
Prairie Architects Inc., Architects
For their work done at the Canada Building.
HW Board Member, Nancy Klos presenting to Brad Ostrom, Owner of the Public Capital Company
Mark and Shelley Buleziuk, Owners
For the daring unveiling and conservation of the Scott Block's original handsome facade.
Laura Secord School Roof Replacement Project- 960 Wolseley Avenue
Winnipeg School Division
Public Schools Finance Board
Syverson Monteyne Architects
For their stewardship in the conservation analysis and detailing of the Heritage Roof Replacement Project at Laura Secord School.
Jordan van Sewell (HW President) and members of the Winnipeg Public School Board
HW President Jordan van Sewell and Tom Monteyne (Architect)
Preservation Award of Excellence - Residential Conservation
Ryan Brothers Building - 110 James Avenue
Streetside Development Corporation, Owners
For their work on the residential conversion of the historic Ryan Brothers Building.
Special President's Award
Studio 511 - 511 River Avenue
Stonebridge Development Group, Owners
GW Architecture Inc., Architects
For their contributions to the residential conversion of the historic First Church of Christ Scientist,
now known as Studio 511.
Distinguished Service Award
Heritage Saint Norbert
Heritage Saint-Norbert, Board of Directors
Brick's Fine Furniture - 111 Lombard Avenue
Canada Building - 352 Donald Street
Laura Secord School - 960 Wolseley Avenue
Marlborough Hotel - 331 Smith Street
Ryan Building - 110 James Avenue
Scott Block - 272 Main Street
Studio 511 - 511 River Avenue (Former First Church of Christ Scientist)
Workers Compensation Board Building at 333 Broadway
Heritage Winnipeg gratefully acknowledges the support and generosity of the following:
Asper School of Business
Thank you to this year's judging committee:
Neil Einarson, Province of Manitoba
Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg
Jim Kacki, Architect
Les Stecheson, Architect
Kyle Lewkowich, Manitoba Education
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.