Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 Volunteer Reception

Thank you to the Marlborough Hotel for their generous sponsorship of the Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 Volunteer Reception, held July 29, 2015. Your support is appreciated!



Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 People's Choice Awards


The Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 award statues, created by Jordan Van Sewell, Heritage Winnipeg President

Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 was our most successful event yet! 
With over 27,000 site visits this year, we broke our record, set at our 2013 10th anniversary event with 23,000 visits. Thank you to everyone who helped out with this year's event!

The awards component of Doors Open Winnipeg continues to be the only one of its kind in Canada and provides an opportunity and incentive for owners and volunteers to step up their enthusiasm and put on the best event they can. 
 
Heritage Winnipeg President, Jordan Van Sewell, gives his opening remarks on the intimate relationship between Winnipeg's artistic and heritage communities.

Visitors have the chance to vote for their favourite buildings and winners will receive a spectacular award, created by a local artist, at a media event held in June. Votes are collected for the following categories: Best Restoration, Best Architecture, Best Guided Tour/Programming, The 'Hidden Gem', and Best Overall Experience. This year, for first time ever, visitors could vote using an online survey powered by Survey Monkey, which closed Friday, June 5, 2015. 

Best Restoration: Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton Street


Runner Up: Metropolitan Entertainment Centre at 281 Donald Street 
Dalnavert Museum & Visitors' Centre at 61 Carlton.  

Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton Street is the restored home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, son of Sir John A. Macdonald and Premier of Manitoba from 1899-1900. In 1970, the home was purchased by the Manitoba Historical Society and restored to its 1895 appearance. Long considered one of the finest examples of restored Queen Anne Revival Architecture in Canada, Dalnavert offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time to Canada’s youth.
 

(L-R): Rina Ricci, City Heritage Planner; Brock Capell, Friends of Dalnavert Museum; John Kiernan, City Manager of Urban Design.
 
Closed since the fall of 2013, Doors Open this year offered a sneak peek of the museum ahead of its official opening the first week of June. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Friends of Dalnavert Museum, the doors have been reopened to the public, with a feasible business plan to continue to make this historic home and national historic site a successful museum for future generations to enjoy. Congratulations!  
 
Brock Capell, Member of the Friends of Dalnavert Museum, accepts the award.

Best Architecture: Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at 505 Watt Street

Runner Up: Manitoba Legislative Building at 450 Broadway

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at 505 Watt Street.
 
The Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church located at 505 Watt Street is one of Elmwood’s hidden treasures. Built to replace the original Holy Eucharist Church in 1954, this building is a sight to behold, adorned with stained glass windows and frescoes by famous artists, hand-carved Iconostas, and a crystal chandelier. The original parish was established in 1919 along with the original church, which was only the third Ukrainian Catholic Church to be built in the city. 
Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, Paul Haverstock (at right), presents the award to Father Michael Kwiatkowski.

This was the first year that the Holy Eucharist participated in Doors Open Winnipeg, hosting nearly 500 visitors over the weekend! A valuable and beautiful addition to our Doors Open event, we are pleased to offer such a unique architectural gem in East Kildonan and we hope to include them again next year!
 

Father Michael Kwiatkowski says a few words, emphasizing the efforts of the church's congregation in making Doors Open happen this year. This was the first time the Holy Eucharist was part of Doors Open Winnipeg.
 

Best Guided Tour/Programming: The Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue

Runner Up: Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir & Olga

Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue.

The former Vaughan Street Detention Centre, now known as the Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue was built in 1881 to house inmates serving two years or less sent from Western Ontario and the Prairie Provinces. It is the oldest provincially owned building still standing within the City limits. There are significant local and Canadian historical figures connected to this building, including such figures as Bloody Jack Krafchencko and Earl Nelson, Winnipeg's first serial killer. However, unfortunately, this building still does not have any heritage designation or protection.  
 

Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, Greg Agnew, gives a short history of the building before presenting the award.

This Doors Open site boasted the most site visits with nearly 3500 visitors over the weekend.  With theatrical performances and historic costumes the volunteers once again put on a fantastic tour! Prior to 2013, the building had been closed to Doors Open for 6 years – we hope to be able to continue to feature this building in our event. This building’s popularity just continues to grow and, as an architectural landmark to social and judicial history, is very important to our city’s history. 

Kristen Verin-Treusch, Friends of Vaughan Street Jail, accepts the award.


The 'Hidden Gem': The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia at 3180 Portage Avenue

Runner Up: La Maison Gabrielle-Roy at 375 rue Deschambault
Sketch of the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia at 3180 Portage Avenue.

The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia located at 3180 Portage Avenue is a museum that strongly reflects the history of its community. There are three buildings on the property for visitors to explore, including the William Brown Red River Frame House circa 1856 and the old Municipal Government Hall, built in 1911, which now houses displays about the development of St. James-Assiniboia as well as an interpretive centre showcasing pioneer life in the late 19th century. 
 
Cindy Tugwell, Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, presents the award.

A long-standing participant in Doors Open Winnipeg, the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia is one of many incredible museum experiences that the city of Winnipeg has to offer. Truly an historical asset to the Doors Open event, we are very pleased with their continued participation.
 
(L-R): Barry Hillman, Bonita Hunter-Eastwood accept the award on behalf of the Museum.

Best Overall Experience (tied): Ghost Signs Walking Tour (Exchange District) 
Ghost signs in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District.

The creation of Matt Cohen from the Advertising Association of Manitoba, the Ghost Signs Walking Tour was a new addition to Doors Open this year. Focusing on the Exchange District, the tour sought out and explored the histories of the fading promotional signage and the companies that called these warehouses home. The 90-minute tour allowed participants to travel back in time and get to know the businesses behind the ads and the impact they played in shaping the landscape of the district.
(L-R): Matt Cohen and Brent Neill, Advertising Association of Winnipeg; Jordan van Sewell, Heritage Winnipeg President. 

The walking tours that were added to Doors Open this year were unique and incredibly well received and will hopefully continue to be a part of this event. There is an opportunity to continue grow these events as their popularity increases.

Best Overall Experience (tied): Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church at 40 Ada Street  

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church at 40 Ada Street

The Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church at 40 Ada Street is the last remaining original, pioneer-built Ukrainian Church of its kind in the city. Owing much of its completion to the labour of volunteers from the Brooklands parish, the exterior of the church was completed in 1932. Finishing touches continued to be added, including the painting of icons and numerous ornamental designs by Jacob Maydanyk in 1940. 
Heritage Winnipeg Summer Student, Laura McKay, presents the award to Dr. Mary Pankiw, Parish Secretary of Holy Ghost.

Another new addition to Doors Open Winnipeg, this Ukrainian Church is the second to receive an award this year. Although isolated, its rich history makes this church one of Winnipeg’s many historic treasures.
 
Dr. Mary Pankiw shares how much it means to them to receive the award.

Thank you to everyone who turned out to help celebrate these buildings and we hope to see you all for Doors Open again next year! 


All of the award winners and presenters at the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe 237 McDermot Avenue.


Volunteer Needed for McBeth House

McBeth House is looking for a volunteer to help with computer work over the summer. Must be able to use Microsoft Word and Excel.

For more information about the McBeth House, we wrote a blog post about it last year that can be found here.

If you think you might be able to help them out, you can contact Edna Krosney at ekrosney@exltransport.com or 204-953-1536.

Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 People's Choice Awards





Doors Open in the Downtown Raffle

Congratulations to our raffle winner, Kathy Melanson!

A HUGE thank you to everyone who purchased tickets and to all the businesses that donated prizes!
 

Heritage Winnipeg is a non-profit organization that relies exclusively on donations and grants to do programming such as Doors Open Winnipeg. As such, this year we are doing a raffle to raise money for future programming. Tickets will be sold by Heritage Winnipeg Representatives at high traffic locations during the weekend and draw will be held Sunday night at 6:30pm. Tickets are only $5 (cash only) and you could win prizes from businesses in Winnipeg's Downtown!
The package contains:
One night's stay at the Delta Winnipeg Hotel and dinner for four in the Blaze Restaurant & Lounge
A package of products from Handmade with Love and gift certificates for services from Forever One
Dinner for two at The Peasant Cookery and 295 York, courtesy of WOW Hospitality Concepts
One night's stay and breakfast at the Fort Garry Hotel  
Two hours of consultation from Plush Home & Design
One night's stay at the Fairmont Hotel
Two tickets to Cirque du Soleil, courtesy of True North Sports & Entertainment Limited
One pair of Merell footwear from Canadian Footwear
Gift card for The Keg, donated by Greg Agnew
Rona Home & Garden Winnipeg gift card
Warehouse Artworks gift certificate
Four passes to the Winnipeg Art Gallery's Olympus Exhibit
Two tickets to a production by the Manitoba Theatre for Young People
Four passes to a gallery in the Manitoba Museum
Haberdashery Girls & Guys gift certificate
Gift certificate from the Old Spaghetti Factory

Lottery license number LGA5863RF

 

The prize package is valued at over $2300!
 
Keep an eye out for Heritage Winnipeg Representatives selling raffle tickets during your visit.  


Upper Fort Garry

UPDATE:
Friends of Fort Garry appealing denial of short-term parking lot (Winnipeg Free Press May 4, 2015)
Temporary lot for Upper Fort Garry project denied (CTV News May 4, 2015)
Still seeking parking lot for park (Winnipeg Free Press May 5, 2015)
Committee allows Friends of Upper Fort Garry interim parking lot to raise funds (Winnipeg Free Press May 25, 2015)
 
UPDATE:
Friends of Upper Fort Garry say park's primary significiance is the Metis (Winnipeg Free Press October 17, 2014)
Scots slam perceived snub (Winnipeg Free Press, October 17, 2014)
Upper Fort Garry site a provincial park (Winnipeg Free Press, July 16, 2014)
Province Announces Proclamation to Help Develop Park at Upper Fort Garry (Province of Manitoba, July 15, 2014)
Upper Fort Garry park, birthplace of Winnipeg, opens in September (CBC News, July 15, 2014)

Upper Fort Garry is the place where Winnipeg and Manitoba was born and the site of significant historic events. Exciting plans are underway to reclaim and transform this treasure into a $19 million world class heritage park and interpretive centre.
The Friends of Upper Fort Garry are working on the preservation of the original location of Upper Fort Garry, located along Main Street and spanning from Broadway to Assiniboine Avenue. Through the building of Upper Fort Garry Heritage Park and Interpretive Centre, the Friends of Upper Fort Garry aim to generate interest in the history of Winnipeg, MB and Canada and to preserve a historic landmark. Highlights of this unique park include:
  • a design that demarcates the foundations of the original buildings and walls

  • the original Governor’s Gate

  • interpretive and symbolic representations of the fort and the buildings that were once enclosed within its walls

  • installations of art and other creative works within the park will represent the rich history of Upper Fort Garry

  • outdoor gathering spaces for historical events and programs

  • a modern Interpretive Centre that houses meeting facilities and exhibitions.

For more information and updates on the Park's progress, please visit the Friends of Upper Fort Garry Website here



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


Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank our guest speaker, Richard Walls for a very interesting and thought provoking presentation at our annual fundraising luncheon a the historic Fort Garry Hotel.  Thank you to all the staff at the FGH for their excellent hospitality, you truly make our event a success! Finally thank you to all of those individuals who attended and helped support our organization. 

Thank you to the following businesses you contributed to the luncheon "Twlight in the Exchange" gift basket raffle prize.  Congratulations to Celine Kear, the winner of this fabulous Exchange District prize package.

The Manitoba Centennial Centre Corporation supports arts, culture, and heritage in the Province of Manitoba.
www.centennialconcerthall.com


simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
www.merehotel.com

Fox and Fiddle: Fine Pub Fare

King's Head Pub & Eatery

Waterfront Massage Therapy

The Manitoba Museum

Peasant Cookery

Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre


Tara Davis Studio Boutique

Winnipeg Film Group


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).

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