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Adaptive Art Deco - The Women's Tribute Memorial Lodge

The year was 1931. The world had just entered the Great Depression, following the collapse of Wall Street and other stock markets around the globe. The Lost Generation, who lived through the horrors of the Great War, were still recovering from its effects. Many of the veterans who returned from the war were profoundly scarred from their experiences. It was in this climate that the Women's Tribute Memorial Lodge was opened in St. James, at the corner of Portage Avenue and Woodlawn Street.
The building of the lodge at 200 Woodlawn Street was the result of over a decade's worth of fundraising. Shortly before the end of the Great War, in 1917, C.P. Walker's wife Harriet (of the Walker/Burton Cummings Theatre at 364 Smith Street) organized a group of women into the Women's Tribute Association. Their first meeting was at the Central Congregational Church (demolished in 1936) where they determined their mandate - to construct and open a "perpetual monument to Manitoba&#…
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Heritage at Risk: Mathewson House - Dalnavert's "Big Sister"

Dalnavert House is well known in the heritage and historic communities in Winnipeg as a beautiful restoration of a Victorian home. Still more people are aware of Dalnavert's owner, the Honourable Hugh John Macdonald, son of Prime Minister John A. Macdonald. As a valued heritage treasure, Dalnavert enjoys protection as a designated heritage building.

Walk a little further south down Carlton, take a right on Assiniboine and, just past Edmonton, you'll see a derelict, unoccupied, gaudily-painted house at the address 432 Assiniboine Avenue. Though it may not look like it, this house is just as much of a treasure as Dalnavert - and deservingof the same protection and care as its little sister. And these houses are sisters, in fact: the same era, same architect, and their respective ownersMathewson and Macdonald, were friends. Although the historical resources are limited in respect to this building, what we were able to find only cements its prominence.
Mathewson House, at 432 Assini…

A Tour through Time with the Exchange District BIZ

The Exchange District BIZ holds a number of historical guided walking tours, both 90-minute general tours and 60-minute special interest tours. Last week, Heritage Winnipeg staff & students had the opportunity to experience two of these fantastic tours. If you'd like to experience one of these great walking tours for yourself, you can visit the Exchange BIZ's page here. Tours are $10 per person for 90 minutes and $8 for 60 minute tours. Tours run May-August, Monday to Saturday, between 9-6. Email or call to make an appointment.


Art and Architecture Tour

The Art and Architecture tour started off with an introduction to our tour guide, Victoria - who incidentally took us on both tours that day. At the beginning, she asked us whether we would prefer to have more historical information or architectural information. Not being architecturally informed, we chose the historical focus. However, we were impressed with the option being given, which would give this tour a broader appea…

Step Back in Time at Dalnavert House

Earlier this summer, some of us at Heritage Winnipeg had the pleasure of visiting Dalnavert Museum and Visitor's Centre at 61 Carlton Street to experience the wonders of a Victorian house. Truly a step back in time, Dalnavert exceeded expectations and is certainly one of the city's heritage treasures. Whether you opt for the guided tour or the audio tour, this outstanding immersive experience will transport you back to a completely different era.



Dalnavert House was built in the late Victorian era in 1895, for Hugh John Macdonald, his second wife, Agnes Macdonald, and the children Isabella "Daisy" Macdonald (daughter with his first wife) and John Alexander "Jack" Macdonald. Although Hugh John was a prominent politician and lawyer in Winnipeg, he was often associated with his famous father John A. Macdonald. In one of the touching moments in the audio play, we learn that John A. Macdonald, statesman and Father of Confederation, had a soft spot for his highl…

Heritage Winnipeg: Forty Years on the Front Lines of Conservation

Heritage Winnipeg is a not-for-profit charitable organization that promotes the restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. The Heritage Winnipeg office is currently located at 509-63 Albert Street in the heart of the west Exchange District, a national historic site. Since its formation in 1978, Heritage Winnipeg has been instrumental in saving historic buildings and encouraging new development that respects heritage character-defining elements. This July 24th, 2018, our organization celebrates its 40th anniversary since incorporation.  




In the mid-20th century, a 'perfect storm' of different factors was brewing. Economic uptick and optimism after the end of the Second World War prompted expansion on all fronts. Downtown areas, which had been trooping on faithfully and functionally during the war, started to get the calculating eye from city planners and developers. More efficient - more beautiful - more modern downtown spaces and buildings …

The International Harvester Building - Cultivating Community

The International Harvester Building is located at 782 Main Street on North Main, which was created after the arrival of the railroad in 1882. Built in 1904, the building is currently being recommended for heritage designation. 



One of John A. Macdonald's visions for the new nation of Canada was to have a railroad stretching across the vast country from the east to the west. The railroad would decrease transportation costs, usher in economic growth, and allow the export of Canada's many natural resources. To build the railroad, Macdonald had applied to private companies and British officials alike to fund its construction, as a condition of British Columbia joining the newly-formed nation of Canada in 1871. The construction of the railroad was rife with controversy, including the seizure of Indigenous land through the Numbered Treaties, the terms of which are still unfulfilled, and the employment of, but later discrimination against, Chinese men.

Despite the geographical diffi…

Upper Fort Garry - A Mosaic of Manitoba

Upper Fort Garry Provincial Park (southwest corner of Broadway and Main) is built on the site of the original Upper Fort Garry and is the birthplace of Manitoba. It is recognized as a federal, provincial, and municipal heritage site based on the importance of the fort itself to Canadian history, as well as the numerous historical events that happened there. The story of Upper Fort Garry is very much a story of the fur trade, of early Canadian immigration, of Indigenous peoples, of the formation of our country and of the beginning of our province and city.

The year is 1806. France is ruled by Napoleon Bonaparte, and George III is King of England. Noah Webster has just published the very first dictionary of American English, composer Joseph Haydn died, and Canada didn't really exist - at least, not like we know it. there is an Anglophone British Upper Canada, and a Francophone Lower Canada. The land that would eventually become Manitoba was still part of the vast Rupert's Land, …