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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Frontlines: Exhibit A - Investigating the Public Safety Building & Lands

Thank you to everyone who came out to listen to the presentations and panel discussion regarding this important initiative.  Special thanks to Storefront Manitoba and CentreVenture Development Corporation for faciliating this event.
This was session 1 of 3  of the Storefront Manitoba Frontlines series.  Heritage Winnipeg participated in the panel discussion to investigate future options for the Public Safety Building and Market Lands. For further details visit:

Storefront Manitoba

CentreVenture Development Corporation




Celebrating our heritage on February 20th



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
 

Thank you to the Heritage Community for your support!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Heritage on the Crescent fall fundraiser at 755 Wellington Crescent on December 8, 2016. A special thank you to the homeowners for allowing our organization to showcase their beautiful heritage home. Your support is vital to the restoration, rehabilatation and preservation of Winnipeg's built history. 

We would also to like to thank the following for their generous donations:

WOW Hospitality Concepts
True North Sports + Entertainment
Fenton's Wine Merchants
Bailey's Restaurant & Lounge
The Haberdashery in the Exchange
A special thank you to everyone at Manitoba Underground Opera for their outstanding performances at our event!

 


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.





 

Heritage Winnipeg Goes to the Opera

We would like to thank Manitoba Underground Opera for treating us to an AMAZING performance of "The Magic Flute... Retold" last night. The performers were wonderful, and the outdoor setting at St. Boniface Cathedral perfectly set the atmosphere for a great evening.

Tickets for "The Magic Flute... Retold" are going quickly, get them before they're gone. Trust us, it's a must see!

Buy your tickets here.


 



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


 

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







 

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