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Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue (Part 2 of 2)

Guest Post by Kristen Verin-Treusch
Edited by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.


Continued from previous article. To read Part 1, click here!
The former Vaughan Street Detention Centre was originally called the Eastern Provincial District Gaol and opened its foreboding doors in 1881. Over the next 50 years it would serve as a prison for inmates serving 2 years or less that arrived from Western Ontario, the territories of Alberta and Saskatchewan and all of what later became Manitoba. 

Men were incarcerated for various crimes such as theft, cattle stealing, opening letters, drunkenness, arson, rape and murder. Of the more infamous characters were two men convicted of a mass murder, killing a family with a shotgun and axe. These two men were the first to hang at the eastern Gaol. Others include Bloody Jack Krafchencko and Earl Nelson, Winnipeg's first serial kil…

Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue (Part 1 of 2)

Guest post by Kristen Verin-Treusch
Edited by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.

The former Vaughan Street Detention Centre was originally called the Eastern Provincial District Gaol and opened its foreboding doors in 1881. Over the next 50 years it would serve as a prison for inmates serving 2 years or less that arrived from Western Ontario, the territories of Alberta and Saskatchewan and all of what later became Manitoba. 

Men, women, and children served sentences here, sharing cells with each other and also people suffering from mental illness were housed here. This building, unlike any other in Winnipeg, serves as a marker for many different aspects of Winnipeg's history, not just criminal history but also history of corrections in Manitoba, working class and women's history, medical and psychiatric history, and children's history too. 



Above all, this …

529 Wellington (formerly J.H. Ashdown House & the Shriners' Khartum Temple)

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.


529 Wellington is now one of the most well-known steakhouses in Winnipeg, but that wasn't always the case. On November 28, 2014, I had the privilege of going to this historic home turned restaurant. It is an excellent example of how a heritage property can be reused - it is an iconic property in the neighbourhood and in the city of Winnipeg, from a time when Winnipeg was booming. In many ways this building reminded me of Ralph Connor House - both are mansions built for the city's elite of the day. Owned and run by WOW Hospitality, 529 Wellington still carries the air of a family home. I half expected children to come running down the stairs while we waited to be seated.

Over several years, Heritage Winnipeg played an important advocacy role in working together with the community and the City of Winnipeg, to …

Happy Holidays from Heritage Winnipeg

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.

Merry Christmas!Happy Hanukkah!Happy Kwanzaa!Happy Holidays!Enjoy your winter break! (and any other holiday greetings you can think of!)


Running out of ideas? Here are some suggestions for that heritage-lover on your shopping list:
Memberships Show them you care by purchasing an annual membership from Heritage Winnipeg! We have options for every age group starting as low as $15 - you can even purchase more than one year in advance if you want. Heritage Winnipeg members are our front-line supporters and receive newsletters about current happenings and invitations to upcoming heritage events. 
And, for the holidays only, gifted memberships will also receive a Heritage Winnipeg agenda for 2015, to remind them of your gift year-round. 

Click here to purchase a membership with Heritage Winnipeg 
(don't forget to fill out the…

William E. Milner House at 51 Balmoral Street

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.


Brief History1865 - William Edwin Milner is born in Brampton, Ontario, where he would eventually serve as mayor for four years prior to his move to Winnipeg.


1893 - William H. Milner, eldest son of William E. and Charlotte Milner, is born in Brampton, ON.

1903 - Land originally granted to James Spence is subdivided into 63 lots along the south side of Balmoral and the east side of Spence Street.  James Spence was an ex-Hudson's Bay Company employee who had farmed the property for many years. 




1907 - William E. Milner moves to Winnipeg as the new western manager of the Maple Leaf Flour Mills Company, bringing his family along with him.  

1909 - A house is built for William E. Milner and family at what is now 51 Balmoral Street. The work was completed by local contractor George W. Ford for a cost of $8000. It is construc…

10 More Places to Visit in Addition to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
To follow up on this or any other articles on the blog, contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director.

 With the recent opening of the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, we thought we would do a post about the Winnipeg heritage and museum experience. The CMHR represents an awesome opportunity to attract tourists and international attention to the city of Winnipeg, as well as its vibrant heritage community. The last post like this was such a success, we decided to do a second one! Here are some other places you should check out in the city that we missed: 
** NOTE: Some of these were not included in the previous article because they are only open during the summer. As always, please be sure to do your own research to ensure that the information posted here is still accurate at the time of your visit. We recommend doing this by checking the website or otherwise contacting the organization. 
1. Le Musee de Saint-Boniface/S…