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March 7, 2015

Heritage Winnipeg's Spring Fundraising Luncheon


Heritage Winnipeg Spring Fundraiser Luncheon
Renovation vs Preservation: A Catalyst for Change and Causes for Concern
with Guest Speaker Richard Walls, Heritage Developer
Friday, April 17th, 2015
Noon to 1:30pm
Fort Garry Hotel, Provencher Room (Main Floor, 222 Broadway)
Tickets $75.00, Corporate Tables $750.00
Door Prize, Raffle, Cash Bar
Tickets can be purchased in our online store at www.heritagewinnipeg.com/store, at McNally Robinson Booksellers, or by contacting the office at 204-942-2663.

Charitable receipts will be issued after the event.

March 6, 2015

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.

March 2, 2015

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

February 23, 2015

Manitoba Corrections Museum: Donations Wanted for Display

Corrections in Manitoba dates back to 1870 when Manitoba joined Confederation. The Vaughn Street Gaol is Winnipeg's oldest public building, built in 1881. This gaol once held children as young as five years old, as the laws of Manitoba did not distinguish thieves, by age or sex. Currently our nine centres around the province, offer a cross-section of corrections from state of the art facilities to the more historical in nature. We have come a long way in our 133 year history.

Manitoba Corrections has been invited to display artifacts in the Winnipeg Police Museum located on the main floor of the newly renovated Winnipeg Police Service building at 266 Graham Avenue.

We would like to share our rich history with the public and we are looking for assistance from our retirees to help provide these symbols of our past. Donations may include vintage uniforms, equipment, records, photographs, and personal testimonials. Donations may be made anonymously or in honour of a specific person.

These items will be on loan from Manitoba Corrections until a more permanent and appropriate location for a museum of our own can be established.

Retirees may also be interested in volunteering at the museum.

There is no fee to view the museum, which at this time is scheduled to open in June 2015. I encourage all of you to drop in for a visit.

If you wish to donate an artifact or participate further with future activities and surveys, please feel free to contact Peter Korzeniowski at Headingley Correctional Centre at (204) 831-4602 (peter.korzeniowski@gov.mb.ca) or Yvonne Wood at (204) 831-4685 (yvonne.wood@gov.mb.ca).

February 17, 2015

30th Annual Preservation Awards (Feb. 16, 2015)

2015 Award Recipients

 

Commercial Conservation Award to:

VIA Rail Canada

Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd. 

For their work and vision of this historic former Union Station built in 1911 and located at 123 Main Street. For their leadership in the restoration of the historic rotunda, the enhancement of the passenger area, and augmenting the exterior at the back entrance, therefore strengthening the connection of the building from the Forks and Saint Boniface. 

 

Residential Conservation Award to:

The Bell Building Inc.

Neil Cooper Architects Inc. 

For this downtown condominium project in the historic building built in 1905 and located at 370 Donald Street. For their civic leadership on this residential conversion that sympathetically retains the character of the original building while retaining many of the interior character defining elements.

 

Commercial Conservation Award to:

Riverwood Church Community

John Van Leeuwen Architecture

For the rehabilitation of the Riverwood Church Community, the former Fire Hall Station 8 located at 325 Talbot Avenue. For their pivotal role in taking great care in rehabilitating this historic building so that it continues to be a landmark in the community as well as a vibrant part of the Elmwood community.

 

Residential Conservation Award to:

Veritas Development Corporation

Northern Sky Architecture Inc.

For this downtown condominium project in the historic warehouse building built in 1912 located at 128 James Avenue. For their civic and design leadership on this residential conversion that sympathetically retains the character of the original building.

 

Residential Conservation Award to:

Streetside Development Corporation

701 Architecture Inc.

For this downtown condominium project in the historic warehouse buildings built in 1910/11, and located presently at 132 James Avenue. For their civic leadership on this residential conversion that sympathetically retains the character of the original heritage buildings at 130 & 132/134 James Avenue.

 

For the Revitalization of North Main:

Neechi Commons

The owners of of the building located at 859 Main Street, for their leadership in a valuable employment, cultural, and community-building role through their large-scale investment in the North Main area working with existing buildings and the Aboriginal Community. Their work has played a pivotal role in the community by promoting this Aboriginal-based food, art, and social activist centre.

 

Distinguished Service Award to:

Marie Zorniak

as a driving force and long-time chair of the Provincial Red River Heritage Fair. The Heritage Fiar activities have been part of Winnipeg's educational offerings since Historica sponsored the first event in 1993. She has volunteered her time and expertise for over twenty years, and has ben an integral part of facilitating this event and its long-time success.

 

Distinguished Service Award to:

St. Matthew's Anglican Parish 

Grain of Wheat Community Church

for the adaptive re-use of the historic St. Matthew's Anglican Church built in 1913 and located at the northwest corner of Maryland and St. Matthew's. The converted building contains three components - residential, religious service space, and a neighbourhood resource centre for the community.

 

Acknowledgements

This event would not have been possible without the generous support of the following:

 

Manitoba Living History Society

Greg Agnew

Wins Bridgman

Nancy Klos

David & Linda McDowell

389 Main Street Heritage Corporation

 Walt Schoehausen

 Dayna Kinsman

 Hilda Wagstaffe

 Herbert Stewart

 

 

Thank you to the members of our 2015 Judging Committee:

 

Neil Einarson, Province of Manitoba

 Les Stechesen, Architect

 Jim Kacki, Architect

 Kyle Ledhowski, Province of Manitoba

 Murray Peterson, City of Winnipeg



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