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


 

Doors Open Winnipeg 2016

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



Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 Volunteer Reception

Thank you to the Marlborough Hotel for their generous sponsorship of the Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 Volunteer Reception, held July 29, 2015. Your support is appreciated!



Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 People's Choice Awards


The Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 award statues, created by Jordan Van Sewell, Heritage Winnipeg President

Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 was our most successful event yet! 
With over 27,000 site visits this year, we broke our record, set at our 2013 10th anniversary event with 23,000 visits. Thank you to everyone who helped out with this year's event!

The awards component of Doors Open Winnipeg continues to be the only one of its kind in Canada and provides an opportunity and incentive for owners and volunteers to step up their enthusiasm and put on the best event they can. 
 
Heritage Winnipeg President, Jordan Van Sewell, gives his opening remarks on the intimate relationship between Winnipeg's artistic and heritage communities.

Visitors have the chance to vote for their favourite buildings and winners will receive a spectacular award, created by a local artist, at a media event held in June. Votes are collected for the following categories: Best Restoration, Best Architecture, Best Guided Tour/Programming, The 'Hidden Gem', and Best Overall Experience. This year, for first time ever, visitors could vote using an online survey powered by Survey Monkey, which closed Friday, June 5, 2015. 

Best Restoration: Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton Street


Runner Up: Metropolitan Entertainment Centre at 281 Donald Street 
Dalnavert Museum & Visitors' Centre at 61 Carlton.  

Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton Street is the restored home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, son of Sir John A. Macdonald and Premier of Manitoba from 1899-1900. In 1970, the home was purchased by the Manitoba Historical Society and restored to its 1895 appearance. Long considered one of the finest examples of restored Queen Anne Revival Architecture in Canada, Dalnavert offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time to Canada’s youth.
 

(L-R): Rina Ricci, City Heritage Planner; Brock Capell, Friends of Dalnavert Museum; John Kiernan, City Manager of Urban Design.
 
Closed since the fall of 2013, Doors Open this year offered a sneak peek of the museum ahead of its official opening the first week of June. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Friends of Dalnavert Museum, the doors have been reopened to the public, with a feasible business plan to continue to make this historic home and national historic site a successful museum for future generations to enjoy. Congratulations!  
 
Brock Capell, Member of the Friends of Dalnavert Museum, accepts the award.

Best Architecture: Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at 505 Watt Street

Runner Up: Manitoba Legislative Building at 450 Broadway

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church at 505 Watt Street.
 
The Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church located at 505 Watt Street is one of Elmwood’s hidden treasures. Built to replace the original Holy Eucharist Church in 1954, this building is a sight to behold, adorned with stained glass windows and frescoes by famous artists, hand-carved Iconostas, and a crystal chandelier. The original parish was established in 1919 along with the original church, which was only the third Ukrainian Catholic Church to be built in the city. 
Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, Paul Haverstock (at right), presents the award to Father Michael Kwiatkowski.

This was the first year that the Holy Eucharist participated in Doors Open Winnipeg, hosting nearly 500 visitors over the weekend! A valuable and beautiful addition to our Doors Open event, we are pleased to offer such a unique architectural gem in East Kildonan and we hope to include them again next year!
 

Father Michael Kwiatkowski says a few words, emphasizing the efforts of the church's congregation in making Doors Open happen this year. This was the first time the Holy Eucharist was part of Doors Open Winnipeg.
 

Best Guided Tour/Programming: The Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue

Runner Up: Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir & Olga

Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue.

The former Vaughan Street Detention Centre, now known as the Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue was built in 1881 to house inmates serving two years or less sent from Western Ontario and the Prairie Provinces. It is the oldest provincially owned building still standing within the City limits. There are significant local and Canadian historical figures connected to this building, including such figures as Bloody Jack Krafchencko and Earl Nelson, Winnipeg's first serial killer. However, unfortunately, this building still does not have any heritage designation or protection.  
 

Heritage Winnipeg Board Member, Greg Agnew, gives a short history of the building before presenting the award.

This Doors Open site boasted the most site visits with nearly 3500 visitors over the weekend.  With theatrical performances and historic costumes the volunteers once again put on a fantastic tour! Prior to 2013, the building had been closed to Doors Open for 6 years – we hope to be able to continue to feature this building in our event. This building’s popularity just continues to grow and, as an architectural landmark to social and judicial history, is very important to our city’s history. 

Kristen Verin-Treusch, Friends of Vaughan Street Jail, accepts the award.


The 'Hidden Gem': The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia at 3180 Portage Avenue

Runner Up: La Maison Gabrielle-Roy at 375 rue Deschambault
Sketch of the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia at 3180 Portage Avenue.

The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia located at 3180 Portage Avenue is a museum that strongly reflects the history of its community. There are three buildings on the property for visitors to explore, including the William Brown Red River Frame House circa 1856 and the old Municipal Government Hall, built in 1911, which now houses displays about the development of St. James-Assiniboia as well as an interpretive centre showcasing pioneer life in the late 19th century. 
 
Cindy Tugwell, Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director, presents the award.

A long-standing participant in Doors Open Winnipeg, the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia is one of many incredible museum experiences that the city of Winnipeg has to offer. Truly an historical asset to the Doors Open event, we are very pleased with their continued participation.
 
(L-R): Barry Hillman, Bonita Hunter-Eastwood accept the award on behalf of the Museum.

Best Overall Experience (tied): Ghost Signs Walking Tour (Exchange District) 
Ghost signs in Winnipeg's historic Exchange District.

The creation of Matt Cohen from the Advertising Association of Manitoba, the Ghost Signs Walking Tour was a new addition to Doors Open this year. Focusing on the Exchange District, the tour sought out and explored the histories of the fading promotional signage and the companies that called these warehouses home. The 90-minute tour allowed participants to travel back in time and get to know the businesses behind the ads and the impact they played in shaping the landscape of the district.
(L-R): Matt Cohen and Brent Neill, Advertising Association of Winnipeg; Jordan van Sewell, Heritage Winnipeg President. 

The walking tours that were added to Doors Open this year were unique and incredibly well received and will hopefully continue to be a part of this event. There is an opportunity to continue grow these events as their popularity increases.

Best Overall Experience (tied): Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church at 40 Ada Street  

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church at 40 Ada Street

The Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church at 40 Ada Street is the last remaining original, pioneer-built Ukrainian Church of its kind in the city. Owing much of its completion to the labour of volunteers from the Brooklands parish, the exterior of the church was completed in 1932. Finishing touches continued to be added, including the painting of icons and numerous ornamental designs by Jacob Maydanyk in 1940. 
Heritage Winnipeg Summer Student, Laura McKay, presents the award to Dr. Mary Pankiw, Parish Secretary of Holy Ghost.

Another new addition to Doors Open Winnipeg, this Ukrainian Church is the second to receive an award this year. Although isolated, its rich history makes this church one of Winnipeg’s many historic treasures.
 
Dr. Mary Pankiw shares how much it means to them to receive the award.

Thank you to everyone who turned out to help celebrate these buildings and we hope to see you all for Doors Open again next year! 


All of the award winners and presenters at the Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe 237 McDermot Avenue.


Doors Open Winnipeg 2015 People's Choice Awards





Frontlines: The Future of Heritage - Call for Submissions



Theme:
Creative heritage conservation has the power to connect us to our past while ensuring a more socially sustainable future.
Still, Winnipeg continues to neglect the incredible potential of its built heritage. What needs to change for progressive heritage conservation to flourish in Winnipeg?

The Call:
Storefront Manitoba and Heritage Winnipeg open call to submit a proposal for a policy, practice, project, or any other idea that could significantly shift the way heritage is conserved in the city. Each one page proposal should outline how the concept will be developed in a compelling fifteen minute presentation. A diverse range of entries will be chosen based on the creativity and feasibility of the idea and the proposed presentation.

Considerations:
How can we make community-focused heritage conservation a priority for developers? How can we communicate the potential of vacant buildings? What heritage projects would set a precedent for more innovative conservation in the city?

Eligibility:
All individuals engaged with the city of Winnipeg's Design Community including: architects, landscape architects, planners, developers, and designers.

Deadline/Schedule: 1 page submissions emailed to info@storefrontmb.ca by April 1, 2015; Selections determined April 8, 2015.

Frontlines: The Future of Heritage Event The Winnipeg Free Press News Cafe May 30th 7-9pm - Selected applicants will present their ideas! Presentations will be followed by a dynamic panel discussion on forward-thinking heritage conservation in Winnipeg.

Questions: Please send questions and feedback to: info@storefrontmb.ca

Doors Open Winnipeg 2014 People's Choice Award Winners

Awards were presented by Jordan Van Sewell, Heritage Winnipeg President.

Best Restoration: La Maison Gabrielle-Roy at 375 rue Deschambault
    
Award accepted by Lucienne Chateauneuf, Director of La Maison Gabrielle-Roy.

Best Architecture: The Millennium Centre at 389 Main Street
    

Award accepted by Giles Bugailiskis, retired Senior Heritage Planner and Millennium Centre Board Member.

Best Guided Tour/Programming: The Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue
    

Award accepted by Candace Gower and Nicole Verin-Treusch, Friends of Vaughan Street Jail.

The 'Hidden Gem': The Ukrainian Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir & Olga at 115 MacGregor Street
    

Award accepted by Elaine Kisiow, Msgr. Michael Buyachok and Margareta Saray.

Best Overall Experience: Winnipeg Railway Museum at 123 Main Street
    
Award accepted by Peter Lacey of the Midwestern Rail Association.

Doors Open Winnipeg 2014 - May 31 & June 1, 2014


Thank you to the building participants and the hundreds  of volunteers who helped make the 11th Anniversary of the Doors Open Winnipeg event a success!  This free public event was held the weekend of May 31st & June 1st, 2014 throughout the City of Winnipeg. 

If you would like to volunteer for our Doors Open Event next year, please email our office and we will contact you in early 2015.
 

Doors Open 2014 Volunteers

Heritage Winnipeg is looking for volunteers for our 11th annual Doors Open Winnipeg event, which will take place on Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1. For anyone who enjoys dealing with the public, likes being active in the community, or has an interest in architecture or history, Doors Open Winnipeg has numerous opportunities for volunteers. We need ambassadors to represent buildings in this year's event, in roles ranging from welcoming visitors to providing building tours and site interpretation.

Volunteers are required to register in advance and will be given their assigned buildings in early May. For more information, please see the volunteer job description and registration form below. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate the Heritage Winnipeg office.

Volunteer Form

 

3rd Annual Doors Open Winnipeg Awards

Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank all of this year's award recipients that participated in Doors Open Winnipeg 2013


Heritage Winnipeg's 3rd Annual Doors Open Winnipeg Awards Ceremony was held on June 20, 2013 at the Winnipeg Free Press Cafe. All award recipients received a commemorative Doors Open art sculpture made special for this event by artist Jordan van Sewell



Best Restoration: The former Great-West Life Buillding, now James W. Burns Education Centre, Asper School of Business (2nd Floor, 177 Lombard Avenue)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Asper School of Business is Steve Vieweg, Director - Executive Education (left)

Best Tour: Vaughan Street Jail (444 York Avenue)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Vaughan Street Jail is Kristen Verin-Treusch (left)

The Hidden Gem: Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga (115 McGregor Street)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Cathedral is Pastor Msgr. Michael Buyachok

Best Overall Experience: Shaarey Zedek Synagogue (561 Wellington Crescent)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue is Bill Weissmann, Tour Guide

Best Architecture: Millennium Centre (389 Main Street)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Millennium Centre is Giles Bugailiskis, Board Member (left)

Striving for Excellence Special 10th Anniversary Award
: The former Dominion Bank Building, now Bridgman Collaborative Architecture (678 Main Street)

Accepting the award on behalf of the Bridgman Collaborative Building are Marcella Porier (left) and Wins Bridgman (right)



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