Abandoned Manitoba

Come to McNally Robinson at 7 pm on Tuesday, October 25 for the launch of Abandoned Manitoba by local author Gordon Goldsborough!

Abandoned Manioba profiles 36 sites across the province that have been abandoned over the years, from factories to schools to summer camps.

This book looks at these 36 sites and describes their features, how and why they were abandoned, and we can learn about Manitoba’s history from these stunning and eerie abandoned places.

Samples from chapters of the book are available online.



Photo by Gordon Goldsborough. The abandoned Atkinon house in the RM of Hamiota.





 

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.

Winnipeg's General Strike



Armstrong's Point


Located about a mile away from the Forks, Armstrong’s Point is a small area of land by the Assiniboine River. It was developed in the 1880s and remains a private and isolated area that many Winnipegers are still unaware of to this day.  Armstrong’s Point has been formerly known as Pensioners’ Point, Hill’s Point, and Victoria Place. The land on which this suburban area was built was originally given to Captain Joseph Hill by the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1848. He sold the property in 1881 to John McDonald and E. Rothwell who divided the land into lots thus converting it into a residential area.

As Winnipeg continued to grow and become a commercial centre, the higher class residents no longer desired to live in the central core of the city. They wanted to escape from the chaos, noise, pollution, disease, criminals, and immigrants that filled the City’s centre streets. Armstrong’s Point offered that exclusivity, safety, and peacefulness that the wealthy desired and has since been home to some of Winnipeg’s richest citizens. Many of the homeowners even named their houses. There are three gated entrances that act to further separate and secure the area from the rest of Winnipeg.

"An intact neighbourhood over a century old, Armstrong's Point is valued by residents and visitors alike. Although individual homes and institutions are acknowledged, it's the area itself - the cluster of large, well-maintained older homes - that is most appreciated. Many of these homes have been evaluated for historical significance (a total of 72 neighbourhood buildings are identified in Historical Buildings Conservation Inventory), but only a few homes and structures are on the Historical Buildings Conservation List. These include two residences (one of which is now used as a private club), a library, and the ornamental entry gates." [Taken from Armstrong's Point Planning Study Final Draft, also see Armstrong's Point Appendices for supplementary information]

To find out more about this historical Winnipeg neighborhood, there is a book entitled Armstrong’s Point, by Randy Rostecki, available for purchase from our office. If you would like to make a donation of $100 or greater in addition to your membership to Heritage Winnipeg, you will receive a complimentary copy. Contact our office if you are interested or have any questions.




Winnipeg Modern - A Part of Our Heritage


Heritage Winnipeg's 6th annual fundraising luncheon was held at the historic Fort Garry Hotel in the Provencher Room on March 30th and was a great success! The event was well attended by the heritage and business community to enjoy a great lunch with a presentation on Winnipeg Modern Architecture.  We would like to thank the keynote speaker - University of Manitoba, Faculty Architecture Prof. Herbert Enns for his very insightful and interesting presentation.  In addition, Garry Hilderman FUFG Board Member, gave a brief update on the historic Upper Fort Garry Project. 

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the Fort Garry Hotel as our host and sponsor of the event and in addition to Rae and Jerry's restaurant for their donation.  The fabulous raffle prize was won by architect Wins Bridgman.  A big thank you to the fundraising committee for all their hard work, and a special thanks to the City of Winnipeg for their support.  

Winnipeg Modern books are available at the HW office for $49.99 taxes included.


Emcee Celine Kear


Minister Marcelino


Councillor Brian Mayes


Garry Hilderman


Michel Legace - Grace


Patrons at event


Herbert Enns - Presenter


Wins Bridgman - Raffle Winner



Stacy Dyck - Committee Member


Hermetic Code Tour being marketed as premiere tourist destination

See the story in the Winnipeg Free Press here.

"The secret design elements of the Manitoba Legislative Building are now being marketed as part of an international tourism campaign. The Canadian Tourism Commission announced this morning that it has added the Hermetic Code Tour to its list of premiere tourist destinations." - Winnipeg Free Press, Oct 19, 2011


Manitoba Legislative Building

The Hermetic Code tour is based on the book by architectural historian Frank Albo. The book explores the occult and mythological symbolism built into the Legislative building and the Masonic connections of its architecture.

Frank Albo's website can be found here.


source: www.frankalbo.com


Frank Albo. source: Winnipeg Free Press


Armstrong Point

Heritage Winnipeg is pleased to announce that our first publication "Armstrong's Point - A History" is available for purchase.  Thank you to author, Randy Rostecki.

You can purchase the book at $39.95 (taxes incl.) through our office by contacting us at 942.2663 or email at info@heritagewinnipeg.com.  If purchased before March 31, 2017, receive an additonal 30 percent discount. It makes a great gift.

We accept cash, credit card, and cheque.




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