Doors Open Awards 2016

Thank-you to everybody who came to the Winnipeg Free Press Cafe this morning for our sixth annual Doors Open People's Choice Awards. We had a full house to celebrate the winners from Doors Open 2016. We are so pleased you could be there with us to celebrate the achievments of our winning buildings. 

The winners, as chosen by the public are:

Best Restoration: Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre
Best Guided Tour: The Vaughan Street Jail
The Hidden Gem: Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish
Best Overall Experience: Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church & Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga
Best Architecture: The Legislative Building of Manitoba

Thank-you again for your support. We wish all of our participants the best of luck in next year's awards. 

We would like to give a big thank-you to Heritage Winnipeg President Jordan Van Sewell for creating this remarkable sculpture to celebrate our winning buildings.

Susan Moffat (right) Accepts the award for Best Restoration 
from Cindy Tugwell (Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg)
on behalf of Dalnavert Museum

Kristen Verin-Treausch (left) accepts the award for Best Guided Tour
from Greg Agnew (Heritage Winnipeg Board Member) on
behalf of Friends of Vaughan Street Jail

Father Michael Kwiatkowsi (left) from Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish accepts the award for The Hidden Gem from Nick Hasiuk (Heritage Winnipeg Board Member)

Margret Saray (left) accepting the award for 
Best Overall Experience from Lisa Gardewine, 
(Heritage Winnipeg Board Member) on behalf of the 
Ukrainian Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga

Andrew Pankiw accepts the award for 
Best Overall Experience on behalf of Holy Ghost
Ukrainian Catholic Church

Cindy Tugwell and Jordan Van Sewell accept the 
award for Best Architecutre in place of the Province 
of Manitoba

Volunteers from Holy Eucharist sang two songs, De z'hoda v Rodyni, a traditional Ukrainian song, and Get Along Home Cindy, a lighthearted western song in honour of Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, Cindy Tugwell

Dr. Anne Penny, Princiapl of Saint Charles Catholic School
performs the violin with the singers from Holy Eucharist

Two students from Saint Charles School performed with Dr. Anne Penny and the Holy Eucharist singers

Volunteers from Friends of Vaughan Street Jail celebrate their win

Margret Saray and Elaine Kisiow from the Cathedral
of Sts. Vladimir and Olga with their award


Past Meets Present at Shelmerdine Garden Centre

At Heritage Winnipeg, we we have kept "shards" from buildings long ago demolished.

Our idea was to one day reunite these pieces of our history with Winnipeggers. We are thrilled to announce that that day is now here. The shards have found their home at Shelmerdine Garden Centre. The shards are available for viewing, and some are available to purchase. We encourage all of you to visit Shelmerdine Garden Centre at 7800 Roblin Boulevard to view these memories of historic Winnipeg.

Thank-you so much to Shelmerdine for displaying the shards. We can't wait for them to find permanent homes.

You can read more about the shards at

Watch and read CTV Winnipeg's coverage of the shards at

Photos courtesy of Nicole Bent

Manitoba Day 2016

A big thank you to everybody who came to visit our booth during the Manitoba Day celebration at the Manitoba Museum this past Saturday!

The Manitoba Museum put on a fabulous event that offered free admission to the museum & access to various exhibits in Alloway Hall to help celebrate Manitoba's 146th birthday!  

It was the biggest event yet, with nearly 10,000 people in attendance. We are thrilled to have been a part of this event, and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year!

Thomas MacLeod, Manager of Friends of Dalnavert Museum

Free fun with the graffiti art interactive display

One of Four Manitoba Day cakes


10th annual spring fundraising luncheon

Thank you to everybody who came out to our 10th Annual Spring Luncheon! A very special thank-you to Jeff Thorsteinson who gave an very interesting, informative, and eye-opening presentation about the history or the relationship between art and heritage in Winnipeg. 

Keynote Speaker Jeff Thorsteinson, Architectural Historian

Dr. Jerry Grey, Chair of Friends of Upper Fort Garry

Cindy Tugwell, Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg

Jordan Van Sewell, President of Heritage Winnipeg

Emcee Celine Kear, Past President of Heritage Winnipeg 

Lunch table set-up

THANK YOU to the Fort Garry Hotel for their generous donation of the raffle prize package.  
We hope to see you all next year!

For more information, contact Heritage Winnipeg at 204.942.2663 or Tickets also available at McNally Robinson or in our online store at
A charitble tax receipt will be issued after the event.

#CelebrateBuiltHeritage - Why Does Built Heritage Matter to You?

"Built heritage is a form of art; built for the love of style, details, and materials, an expression of the trends of their time. I have had the pleasure of working on some very old and unique buildings in Winnipeg and am always awed by the beauty of the craftsmanship and the complexity of the construction given the limited equipment and resources available at the time. They just don't build like that anymore."
~ Alan Mann, certified Red Seal Journeyman Carpenter

"Built heritage matters because it is a record of our past, a reminder of our success and failure, a tangible testament to what can be achieved through hard work and determination. Built heritage lets us time travel into the past, walk with ghosts, reflect on how far we have come, and encourages us to aspire to greatness in the future."
~ Anonymous

"Historical buildings are the visible story of our lives - how we lived, what was imporant to us, and the ebb and flow of immigration and prosperity. It is important to maintain them to remind us of our history."
~ Peggy Barker, P. HEc.

"Built heritage helps to preserve the history of the community which is essential to helping people connect with the past. This is especially true when trying to impart the importance of Winnipeg's history to today's youth."
~ Anonymous
"The amount of decoration on the "heritage buildings" of 100 years ago appeals so much to me. We could not afford to do that in the present era of building. I am fortunate in being able to make my home in one of them. Looking out one of the huge crescent-shaped windows on the second floor of the now defunct Union Bank Building on Notre Dame Avenue, and across to the magnificient Winnipeg Electric Chambers, with the 17 lions atop protecting it, is a constant pleasure. These buildings were built to stand a long time!"
~ Herbert Stewart, retired Architect

"To look at built heritage is an opportunity to have a visual of the past. The architecture in Winnipeg covers many time periods and when one researches a specific period the visual experience of a histroic building assists with the understanding of events that took place.
When buildings are torn down, a strong tie to the past is gone. As we look at history and the impact that some buildings had in the evolution of the city and province, we can get a sense of the daily events that took place.
The buildings such as VIA Rail station where thousands of men and women departed to go to war - the First and Second World War. Private homes - Seven Oaks House and Dalnavert that give a glimpse of how people lived and the St. Boniface Museum where the first Grey Nuns established a hospital are all important to help understand the events in our history. The previous City Hall of Winnipeg and the physical relationship of the 1919 strike is gone, as are many buildings in Winnipeg. It is important to protect, preserve, maintain, and re-purpose historic buildings so that they are not destroyed for the future."
~ Marie Zorniak

"The built environment is a reflection of our values. It is directly built on our past, speaks to our present, and informs our future. Our built heritage is not just important, it is critical as a foundation for today moving forward to tomorrow."
~ Christopher Beauvilain

"I think built heritage is important because of the stories buildngs can tell us about the past. The people who lived and worked in those buildings helped make our city and our country what it is today, and we can learn from both their failures and successes as we look to the future of our communities. Heritage buildings are a beautiful and magnificient reminder of the legacy of our society."
~ Laura McKay, Heritage Officer at Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
"The era of Winnipeg heritage construction was most prominent from 1895 to 1914. Twelve sites such as churches, cemeteries, and a few government buildings appeared before that time in a 40 year span beginning in 1845. Of the 74 heritage sites in the 2015 Doors Open Winnipeg event, 62 of them were built after streetcar service began in 1882. Employees of the Winnipeg Street Railways built 224 wooden streetcars in a 7 year period from 1907 to 1914. A number of these cars were still in service over 40 years later in their final year - 1955. Streetcars were the only public transportation system Winnipeg had from 1882 to 1918. Had streetcars not been here, owners, employers, adn purchasing customers would have had to walk to these high rises to conduct business. Very few would have dons so, so most of these heritage buildings would never have been built. Winnipeg today would be about the size of Selkirk, with 12,000 residents, not 712,000 like we have toady. The streetcars enlarged our population from 8,000 in 1882 to 150,000 in 1912, making Winnipeg Canada's third largest city at the time. Six years later, the first transit buses arrived. When are the streetcars going to receive the same cherished recognition that our heritage buildings receive? As far as I know, there are only two other streetcar operators left besides myself. We have been waiting 35 years to get #356 back on track, we won't be around much longer." 
~ Brian K. Darragh, retired Winnipeg Transit driver/streetcar operator


2016 Annual Preservation Award Winners

The 2016 Annual Preservation Awards & Launch of the First World War Digital Memorial


On Monday, February 15, 2016, Heritage Winnipeg presented the 31st Annual Preservation Awards ceremony as well as the launch of the First World War Digital Memorial Project. The event was held in the Rotunda of the historic Union Station, VIA Rail Canada's Winnipeg Station, to celebrate National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day.
The First World War Digital Memorial, as displayed on the east wall of the rotunda.

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. 
Cindy Tugwell, Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director, speaks at the beginning of the ceremony.
Awards are given in three categories: Heritage Conservation, Distinguished Service, and Youth. For more information about the criteria for each of these awards, visit the Heritage Winnipeg website here.
Members of the Living History Society were also in attendance for the event.
The winners of this year's awards program are as follows: 

Heritage Conservation Awards

The Province of Manitoba 


Ager Little Architects

Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, Lawrence Prout, presents the award to Ryan Derksen, accepting on behalf of the Province of Manitoba.
Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, Lawrence Prout, presents the award to Marnie Gartrell, accepting on behalf of Ager Little Architects.
for the Institutional Conservation of the Old Law Courts at 391 Broadway. For their commitment to upgrade the plumbing system and provide barrier-free washrooms at the Old Law Courts located at 391 Broadway while ensuring the preservation of the character-defining elements, such as the marble floor tiles, marble panels, doors and frames, and the original washroom fixtures. Built from 1912-1916, this is one of the most important Law Courts buildings in the Province, and one of the best examples of the Neo-Classical style designed by Provincial Architect, Samuel Hooper.

The City of Winnipeg

Heritage Winnipeg President, Jordan van Sewell, presents the award to Councillor Shawn Dobson, accepting on behalf of the City of Winnipeg.
Councillor Shawn Dobson accepts the award with special thanks to the Planning, Property, and Development Department and Project Officer, Evan Wiebe.
for the Institutional Conservation of the City Council Building at 510 Main Street. For the sensitive replacement of the roof and re-pointing of the exterior of the City Council building located at 510 Main Street. Built in 1964 and recognized as a modernist heritage building, this work affirms the City's long-term commitment to maintaining heritage buildings in Winnipeg.

Roslyn Properties/Globe General Agencies

Heritage Winnipeg President, Jordan van Sewell, presents the award to Diane Glover, Senior Property Manager, accepting on behalf of Globe General Agencies.
Diane Glover, Senior Property Manager for Globe General Agencies, accepts the award.

for the Residential Conservation of Roslyn Court at 40 Osborne Street. For their commitment to maintain Roslyn Court located at 40 Osborne Street. Recent rehabilitation work included the roof, copper panels, exterior masonry, and painting. This Queen Anne Revival style building, constructed in 1908, is recognized as a National Historic Site and it continues to be a viable and integral part of Osborne Village.

The Yoon Family

Heritage Winnipeg President, Jordan van Sewell, presents the award to Harry Yoon, accepting on behalf of the Yoon Family.
Heritage Winnipeg President, Jordan van Sewell, presents the award to Harry Yoon, accepting on behalf of the Yoon Family.
for the Commercial Conservation of the Lauzon Block at 339 William Avenue. For the main floor restoration work completed in the Lauzon Block located at 339 William Avenue. This 3-storey historic building was built in 1905 and recently featured in a Heritage Winnipeg blog article. The restoration work focused on the pressed-tin walls and ceiling coverings.

Special President's Award

 Longboat Development Corporation


Stantec Architecture Limited

Jeff Chipman accepts the award on behalf of Longboat Development Corporation. Michael Banman accepted the award on behalf of Stantec Architecture.

for the Commercial Conservation of the Mitchell-Copp facade at 315 Portage Avenue. For the sympathetic protection, stabilization, and preservation of the 1919 historic Mitchell-Copp facade located at 315 Portage Avenue and thereby significantly enhancing the streetscape of Portage Avenue.

Distinguished Service Awards

The Friends of Dalnavert Museum

Heritage Winnipeg Past President, David McDowell, presents the award to Adele Hempel, Chair, accepting on behalf of the Friends of Dalnavert Museum.
Adele Hempel, Chair, accepts the award on behalf of the Friends of Dalnavert Museum.
The Friends of Dalnavert Museum. L-R: Cindy Tugwell, Heather Laser, Brock Capell, Susan Moffatt, Ines Bonacossa, and Adele Hempel.
for their dedication and commitment to the protection and re-opening of Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton. For their dedication and commitment to the protection and re-opening of the restored Museum and Visitor's Centre located at 61 Carlton Street for future generations. The museum, built in 1895, was the home of former Manitoba Premier, Hugh John Macdonald, the only son of our first Prime Minister, Sir John A. Macdonald. 

First World War Digital Memorial Project

Thank you to the City of Winnipeg and the Thomas Sill Foundation for their generous support of this project.
Councillor Brian Mayes from the City of Winnipeg speaks to the inspiration and groundwork for the First World War Digital Memorial Project.
Bruce Tascona, Chair of the Military History Society of Manitoba, speaks to the importance of remembering the sacrifices of the First World War.
Jeremy Choy of Pattern Interactive explains the technology behind the installation.
Actor and playwright, Tim Higgins, reads from his piece "Winnipeg's Great War Legacy --- A Reflection".
Actor and playwright, Tim Higgins, speaks to the legacy of the Great War in Winnipeg.
Brendan McKenn from the Manitoba Underground Opera introduces the organization's performers.
Lynlee Wolstencroft, Soprano & Megan Dufrat, Pianist, perform "Au pays où se fait la guerre" by composer Henri Duparc.
The First World War Digital Memorial is now on display at Union Station.
Members of the Living History Society in period costume.
Volunteers in First World War uniform.

2016 Annual Preservation Awards

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who participated in our
31st Annual Preservation Awards Ceremony

in celebration of
National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day

and the Launch of the
First World War Digital Memorial Project
Monday, February 15, 2016
at the
VIA Rail Winnipeg Station (former Union Station)
Rotunda, 123 Main Street

A list of all award recipients, guests, and speakers, along with photos will be posted shortly.
Ceremony Commences at 2:00pm

For more information, please contact us at or 204.942.2663 or visit the website at

Doors Open Winnipeg 2016

Coming Soon! Doors Open Winnipeg 2016! Check out the website at - 2016 buildings will be up in mid-March!

Millennium Legacy Fundraising Reception

Didn't make it to the event? Check out this Flickr album for event photos and images from the powerpoint! Click on the photo below to be taken to the site.

 Millennium Legacy Fundraiser


Long-time HW Member David Harris Passes Away

Long time Heritage Winnipeg member David Harris passed away on Nov. 20, 2015.

David Harris served on the Heritage Winnipeg Board and was instrumental in the work of the Streetcar 356 committee from its inception. He will be sadly messed.

For those who wish to join in a celebration of his life and his legacy for railroad heritage, there will be a gathering at his apartment activity room, Main floor,
7:00- 8:30 PM
Friday, November 27
South tower -1750 Pembina Highway

Coffee and tea will be provided.

Please let us know if you plan to attend
Dave McDowell

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