City of Winnipeg Heritage Conservation Districts Study

The City of Winnipeg is currently undergoing a review of its Heritage Program, in part, to update services and tools used to celebrate our history. This includes examining the option of creating Heritage Districts, which has never been done here, but has been common practice in most other cities nationally and internationally for decades.

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
Armstrong's Point has a number of attributes that could merit a potential Heritage District including a cohesive stock of heritage homes, associations with prominent Winnipeggers, unique streetscapes and layout, and distinct geographic boundaries. Of Winnipeg's residential neighborhoods constructed pre-WWI, the Point is one of the most steeped in history and also one of the most intact.

This information was taken from the City of Winnipeg website. For further details, please click here

Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg

Assiniboine Park was recently featured in a Heritage Magazine article entitled "Have Fun with Heritage: Historic Places Made For Play!" by James Careless:
     "Rightly called the "jewel in the crown of Winnipeg's regional park system," Assiniboine Park offers 1,100 acres (450 hectares) of natural beauty, local history, and lots of family fun. The city's first park when development began on the south side of the river in 1904, it has grown into Winnipeg's social "hub" for outdoor activities and leisure.
     Assiniboine Park was designed by renowned landscape architect Frederick G. Todd. He used the popular English Landscape Style, mixing open meadows and lawns with woods, curved tree-lined pathways and serpentine waterways contrasted with a range of formal, geometric flower gardens.
     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
This excerpt was taken from Heritage Magazine 2014, Volume XVII, Number 1. To see the full article, please click here

2014 Annual Preservation Awards

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:
Preservation Award of Excellence - Commercial Conservation
Workers Compensation Board Building - 333 Broadway

Awarded to:
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
(Construction Manager)
Preservation Award of Excellence - Commercial Conservation
Canada Building - 352 Donald Street

Awarded to:
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
Preservation Award of Excellence - Commercial Conservation
Scott Block - 272 Main Street

Awarded to:
Mark and Shelley Buleziuk, Owners

For the daring unveiling and conservation of the Scott Block's original handsome facade.
Preservation Award of Excellence - Institutional Conservation
Laura Secord School Roof Replacement Project- 960 Wolseley Avenue

Awarded to:
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
Awarded to:
Streetside Development Corporation, Owners
701 Architecture

For their work on the residential conversion of the historic Ryan Brothers Building.
David McDowell presenting to Rebecca Copping (accepting on behalf of Streetside Development Corporation)

Special President's Award
Studio 511 - 511 River Avenue

Awarded to:
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.

Heritage Winnipeg applauds architect for Heritage Conservation Work over the past quarter of a century. Click here for story.

Distinguished Service Award
Heritage Saint Norbert

Awarded to:
Heritage Saint-Norbert, Board of Directors
For over 33 years of service to the heritage community, their pivotal role in advocating for the preservation of many historic buildings in Saint Norbert, and the immensely successful Farmers Market.
This year's nominees:
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
Fleet Galleries
Georges Damphousse
David McDowell
Herbert Stewart

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


In Memoriam: Bill McKay

William Gordon McKay (96) peacefully passed away at Victoria General Hospital on December 17, 2013. Born in Regina on December 10th, 1917, he grew up in Portage la Prairie and graduated from Queen's University with a degree in Civil Engineering. Having had a life long interest in the history of the Prairie Provinces, Bill previously served as President of Heritage Winnipeg at a time when many buildings in the Market Square area and Exchange District were being threatened with demolition. He has played an important role in the preservation of Winnipeg's built heritage, and he will be missed. May he rest in peace.

Stovel Block (Kay Building)

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the ACI for allowing the use of their board room for our recent meeting. Heritage Winnipeg Directors were given a tour of their office space with an overview of what they do. For further information on this historically designated building, please click here

245 McDermot provides independent creative entrepreneurs and organizations with contemporary, affordable, shared workspace. Run by the Arts and Cultural Industries Association of Manitoba (ACI Manitoba), 245 McDermot focuses on individuals and businesses that value creativity and collaboration. Members join a multidisciplinary community with tenants in various fields, all in a professional and creative coworking space. Visit their website here

Young Canada Works Program

"Canadian Heritage is responsible for national policies and programs that promote Canadian content, foster cultural participation, active citizenship and participation in Canada's civic life, and strengthen connections among Canadians." A stream of Canadian Heritage is the Young Canada Works program, which is employed every summer by a variety of organizations.

Young Canada Works in Heritage Organizations is a summer program that gives students the opportunity to learn about Canada's history and cultural heritage through the creation of jobs that allow them to assist heritage organizations and agencies. The program is for students ages 16 to 30, and work terms can last for up to 16 weeks.

The aim of the program for the student is to "acquire work experience related to their studies and allow them to explore career opportunities." It also allows i some instance for a "great geographic exchange experience" and the "ability to develop a network" in the field they are studying.

The aim of the program for the employer is to subsidize the wage of the youth employed, while allowing the incorporated, non-profit organization to "hire students with skills specifically related to the organizations needs".

Source: Heritage Canada Organizations Website: accessed October 2nd 2010.

For more information about the program, please visit the Heritage Canada and Young Canada Works websites.

If interested, please register online with YCW and then email your resume to before the end of March 2017.


James Avenue Pumping Station

Located along the Red River in Winnipeg's Exchange District, the James Avenue Pumping Station was built in 1906 in response to the challenges the city faced during a large fire on Main Street in 1904. At the time, the city could not generate enough water pressure to successfully fight the fire, so firefighters had to use untreated river water as a resource and release it into the main lines. Unfortunately, this caused a typhoid outbreak due to contamination of the city's drinking water. As a result, the pumping station was created to assist with future firefighting. The brick one-storey station opened in 1907. With a capacity to pump up to 9,000 gallons of water per minute, the James Avenue Pumping Station was the largest facility of its kind globally. Decommissioned in 1986 by the City of Winnipeg, the building has not been in use since then.

Various ideas on what to do with the abandoned historical building have been suggested and subsequently declined due to the costs associated with the different projects. What makes this building even more difficult to redevelop is being able to incorporate the architectural character and history of the building into the new design. Neglecting to do so would defeat the purpose of trying to preserve this heritage building. The current and most promising proposal to date for the James Avenue Pumping Station is a mixed-use 24-storey high-rise tower that will preserve the original brick structure and pumping equipment of the historical building on the ground floor. Upper floors can potentially serve as office space, retail space, small restaurants, apartments, and/or condominiums

Projected design for the potential high-rise tower to be built at the James Avenue Pumping Station.

For more information regarding proposal plans for the James Avenue Pumping Station, please see this August 2013 Article published by the Winnipeg Free Press.  In addition please click on the links below for other more recent articles:

Winnipeg Sun (8/8/13): Big Plans for James Avenue Pumping Station
2012 Pumping Station Conundrum Article

Winnipeg Free Press Article - December 16, 2013
Winnipeg Free Press Article - January 6, 2014
Winnipeg Free Press Article - Exchange District Tower approved - January 6, 2014
Winnipeg Free Press Article - January 8, 2014

CBC Manitoba News Article - 24-storey OK'd for Tower- January 6, 2014
Winnipeg Free Press Article- January 10, 2014

Winnipeg Sun Article - January 10, 2014  - Pumping station backer never claimed-to be an architect
Winnipeg Free Press Article - January 13, 2014

Heritage Winnipeg's Inaugural Heritage Ball was a Great Success!

One of Winnipeg's most prestigious landmarks and a national historic site, The Fort Garry has enjoyed an unparalleled renaissance, winning new admirers and accolades from patrons and guests as our historic hotel in Winnipeg celebrated its 100th year.

Heritage Winnipeg held our Inaugural Heritage Ball  on the evening of Friday, September 27th, 2013 to honour the centennial anniversary of the Fort Garry Hotel and to commemorate the significant role that the Fort Garry has played in the cultural and social life in Winnipeg over the last century.  Please check out our Flickr account on the homepage for photos of these events.

The Fort Garry was built in 1913, and the 2013 Heritage Ball was intended to re-create the hotel's 1913 inaugural event. The Gala had a railroad theme and featured

  • a spectacular dinner in the Crystal Ballroom

  • "Speak Easy" Dance and Dessert

  • a video of a historical interpretation of the arrival of Dignitaries in 1913 for the Grand Opening of the Fort Garry (To view the Shaw video on YouTube, please click here.)

  • a presentation of the history of the Fort Garry Hotel by Frank Albo, co-author of the Hermetic Code

  • Live music by the Danny Kramer Band

  • MC - Big Daddy Tazz

Heritage Winnipeg is a non-profit charitable organization that promotes the restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of Winnipeg's built environment. The Gala was a fundraising event for Heritage Winnipeg, and we thank you for your support. Funds raised from this event will help us to continue our work on the conservation of our heritage and history. We would like to extend our sincerest gratitude to all of our generous sponsors, prize donors, and event patrons who helped to make our event a success!

Prize Donors

Hudson's Bay Company
University of Manitoba
The Keg on Garry
Winnipeg Trolley Company
The Fort Garry Hotel
WOW Hospitality Concepts
Storm Catering
The Fairmont Winnipeg
Rainbow Stage
Pantages Playhouse
PaddleWheel River Boats
Banville & Jones Wine Co.
Hy's Steakhouse
Manitoba Theatre Company
Manitoba Opera
Ivory Restaurant
Jordan Van Sewell
Leonard Kahane
Fleet Gallery
Royal Winnipeg Ballet
Walt Schoenhausen
Joyce Bateman
University of Manitoba Press

Special Recognition

Prairie Dog Central Railway
VIA Rail Canada
Robert Sweeney
Floral Elements
Canadian National Railway Company
City of Winnipeg
Canadian Pacific Railway Limited
Manitoba Classic and Antique Auto Club (Allen Peters, Ken Rigaux, The Late Jim Hawes, and Bryne McKay)
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Corp.
Winnipeg Police Museum
Cake Studio
Dr. Frank Albo
Winnipeg Railway Museum
Events by Emma
Transcona Museum
Pizza Hotline

Event Patrons

Jeannette and Greg Delorme
Elaine and Doug Lochhead
Dr. Jerry Gray
Lisa Gardewine
Nancy Klos
Lawrence Prout
Sandy Shindleman
Bridgman Collaborative Architecture
Stainless Concepts Inc.
Walt Schoenhausen


A Port in the Storm

Founded by two oncology nurses, Joanne Loughery and Patrcia Bejaminsin, and a patient volunteer, Greg Pilgrim in 2005, A Port in the Storm Inc. (APTIS) was established to "provide a safe, supportive and affordable home-like environment for rural and northern adult patients and their families who are in Winnipeg to receive medical treatment".

APTIS is a charitable organization whose operations are governed by a board of directors. To date, some of their most noteworthy achievements include
  • "Raising $2,500,000 in donations prior to having a market presence
  • Purchasing land and building in St. Boniface for the future development of a new 40 room facility
  • Engaging Bridgman Collaborative Architectures Ltd. to prepare architectural plans and prepare Class B estimates for the new facility
  • Committing Ambassador Gary Doer to be the official spokesperson for the organization
  • Establishing a market presence by temporarily leasing space from Villa Aulneau until the new facility is complete"
All of the above are important because they contribute to the success of APTIS's short and long term operational plans. Until completion of the development of their new facility, APTIS will be working from their current location in Villa Aulneau. The ultimate goal is to run a new facility, which will house 40 rooms, at 210 Rue Mason (the former St. Boniface Normal School).

In order for APTIS to achieve its goals, they need to raise the funds needed to support their operations and capital development. They currently have two fundraising campaigns - an operational one to subsidize rental rates paid by guests and a capital one to develop the new facility

Vision for the Future:
APTIS intends to renovate and restore the 210 Rue Mason heritage building. The project is expected to be funded completely through fundraising efforts and donations. This larger space will allow APTIS to better accommodate their guests and allow for intake of more patients. As owners of the facility, APTIS will be in direct control and thus are more unrestricted in making the decisions they see best fit in accordance with their mandate.

For more information, visit their website here.

Heritage Canada Presents 'Regeneration: Heritage Leads the Way'

Heritage Canada Foundation's 40th Anniversary Conference, entitled Regeneration: Heritage Leads the Way, will be held from October 31-November 2, 2013 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier Hotel in Ottawa, ON.

"We are a diverse community and a new vision for heritage is emerging that will contribute to a new age in Canada. HCF’s 40th Anniversary National Heritage Conference will explore how older communities, cultural landscapes, buildings and intangible heritage are finding new relevance at this watershed moment." [Taken from Heritage Canada's Website]

For more information, daily schedule breakdowns, or to register for this event, please click here

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