Doors Open Winnipeg 2018!



Held annually on the last weekend of May, Doors Open Winnipeg is a FREE city-wide celebration of Winnipeg’s distinct spaces, outstanding architecture and vibrant history. Each year, visitors are encouraged to explore Winnipeg’s past at over 90 unique events and tours located throughout the city.

This year we are excited to bring in a new mix of tours and locations, plus a cast of returning favourites including the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the Haunted Winnipeg Mini-Tour and St. Norbert Provincial Heritage Park.

2018 is also the year that Doors Open Winnipeg turns 15! Since 2004, over 300, 000 visitors and countless volunteers have made Doors Open Winnipeg one of the city’s essential spring events.

Come and celebrate the stories our buildings tell! Doors Open Winnipeg kicks off on Saturday, May 26th and runs through to Sunday, May 27th. Want to get involved 
with this year’s event?

Check out our pages for volunteers, sponsors, and building owners.


 

Doors Open Winnipeg 2018 A Great Success!


Our youngest volunteer giving a tour of Streetcar 356!

Doors Open Winnipeg celebrated its 15th year, and was a great success! Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who gave their time this past weekend to help make Doors Open a great time for everyone, at all our 94 buildings and tours throughout the city. Our most sincere gratitude to volunteers, building owners, community organizations, and sponsors for helping us celebrate the stories our buildings tell! To learn more, read our most recent blog post here.

Remember, if you had a great experience at one or more of our Doors Open Winnipeg buildings or tours, you can vote for them! Go to http://doorsopenwinnipeg.ca/doors-open/vote-for-the-best/ to vote, until Friday June 1st, 2018!

 

2018 Spring Fundraising Luncheon

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone supported our 12th Annual Spring Fundraising Luncheon! This year's event was held in the Provencher Room at the Fort Garry Hotel, with John Pollard giving a fantastic presentation on his experience owning and conserving the Fortune and Macdonald Blocks.

Our sincerest gratitude goes to the Speaker of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Myrna Driedger for opening the luncheon, John Pollard for his wonderful presentation, Fleet Galleries for their raffle donation and the Fort Garry Hotel for their raffle donation and excellent hospitality.

Funds raised from this year's luncheon will be used to support the valuable work of Heritage Winnipeg. 

THANK YOU!


John Pollard speaking about his experiences with the Fortune and Macdonald Blocks


Speaker of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Myrna Driedger and Executive Director of Heritage Winnipeg, Cindy Tugwell


2018 Spring Fundraising Luncheon at the Fort Garry Hotel

 


Celebrating Canada's 150th birthday with a commemorative Canada 150 print by artist Robert Sweeney



Closing the Doors on the 14th Annual Doors Open Winnipeg Event

It was a time to celebrate at the 2017 Doors Open Winnipeg Volunteer Reception and People's Choice Awards at the King's Head Pub in the Exchange. Heritage Winnipeg hosted the event, thanking the dedicated volunteers in attendance who helped to make Doors Open Winnipeg a successful event. Over 500 volunteers helped make this year's event the biggest, most successful event to date. It was also the seventh year in which the People's Choice Awards were held.

The People's Choice Awards represent five categories, Best Restoration, Best Guided Tour or Programming, Best Architecture, Best Experience and the Hidden Gem. Online voting was open to the public, showcasing 91 amazing buildings and walking tours. Hundreds of votes poured in the week following Doors Open Winnipeg, making for a close race in several of the categories. In the end, the votes were tallied and the winners were rewarded for their efforts with framed original drawings of their buildings by local artist Robert Sweeney.

BEST RESTORATION - DALNAVERT MUSEUM




BEST ARCHITECTURE - THE CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HUMAN RIGHTS



BEST OVERALL EXPERIENCE - THE WHITE HOUSE


BEST TOUR OR PROGRAMMING OR TOUR - THE VAUGHAN STREET JAIL


THE 'HIDDEN' GEM - MCBETH HOUSE



Please visit the Heritage Winnipeg blog for a short biography on each of this years winners.

The 32nd Annual Heritage Preservation Awards

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who attended our 32nd Annual Heritage Preservation Awards, which were held in Celebration Hall at the Millennium Centre (former Bank of Commerce) at 389 Main Street.  Heritage Winnipeg was proud to celebrate National Heritage Day, Louis Riel Day and Canada's 150th anniversary on Monday, February 20, 2017 as part of our event.

A special thank you to the caters, WOW Hospitality Concepts for helping to make our event a success!
For information about booking events at the Millennium Centre check out their website at WOW Hospitality Concepts Inc.

This year, we honoured two outstanding companies that have contributed to the economic, cultural, and social fabric of the City of Winnipeg.

The Conservation Commercial Award was given to the owners Trotzdem Inc., and the general contractors Oakhaven Properties, for their sensitive and innovative rehabilitation of the Dawson building, located at 171 McDermot Avenue.  This Award recognizes the special efforts in specific projects which protect, conserve and reuse structures of high historic or architectural value. Heritage Winnipeg applauds them for their attention to detail, and for taking every impediment as a design challenge. 


Main Floor of the Dawson building at 171 McDermot - FORTH is a great place for delicious coffee and food.  You can check out their website at FORTH.

Forth Art Gallery on the lower level

Roasting machine on the main floor in Forth Cafe

Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell with
Norman Nikkel, owner of 171 McDermot Avenue.


General Contractor, Paul Nikkel accepting the award on
behalf of Oakhaven Properties.


The Distinguished Service Award
was presented to Leon A Brown Ltd, for the family's dedication and commitment to the heritage community in the City of Winnipeg for 90 years. This award recognizes the special contribution of individuals or organizations that have demonstrated a concerted effort and leadership in protecting, conserving, promoting or communicating the historic and/or architectural values of Winnipeg's built heritage. Their contributions, through heritage building ownership, have contributed immensely to the architectural, cultural and economic development of Winnipeg's downtown and the historic Exchange District. 

Check out the company's website at Leon A. Brown Ltd. for a list of the many heritage buildings owned by the company.
 
Bobby Brown and Heritage Winnipeg Director Cindy Tugwell
Family member Bob Brown accepting the Distinguished Service Award

Heritage Winnipeg would also like to gratefully acknowledge and thank The Manitoba Living History Society for helping celebrate Canada 150 in their 1867 costumes.
The Manitoba Living History Society.






Musician, Joshua Ranville performed three songs on his guitar special
for this event, THANK YOU!  Check out his information at -
Joshua Ranville



Greg Agnew, Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, gave a presentation in celebration of Canada 150

The Millennium Centre (former Bank of Commerce) - Interior shots





Front foyer

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Crocus Building renamed the McKim Building

Heritage Winnipeg is very pleased to announce the Crocus building, located at 211 Bannatyne Avenue, in the Exchange District, a national historic site, (formerly named the J.H. Ashdown Hardware Store) is now officially called The McKim Building, named for McKim Communications Group - www.mckimcg.ca.  For years many Winnipeggers have been waiting patiently for this historic building to be renamed.  A brand new sign is now shining high above the sidewalk on the Main Street facade. Congratulations!


McKim Communications Group Media Release - dated January 11, 2017:
McKimBldgRenaming

Links to media coverage:
CBC News
Winnipeg Sun

City of Winnipeg historical report
 

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