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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.
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 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…

Annual Preservation Awards: Celebrating 30 Years

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.


Do you know of an individual or project that should be recognized?  Be sure to nominate them using the forms below! What are the Annual Preservation Awards? 2015 marks the 30th anniversary of Heritage Winnipeg's Annual Preservation awards. Since 1985, Heritage Winnipeg has sponsored an annual awards program that seeks to recognize those people in our community who are dedicated to the protection, restoration, and conservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. Awards are also given to the owners of heritage structures who seek to sensitively restore their buildings so that they become a productive element of the economical, cultural, and social fabric of the community. 


Awards are presented in three basic categories:

1. Distinguished Service Award This award recognizes the special contributions of individuals or organizat…

Dalnavert Museum & Visitors' Centre (Sir Hugh John Macdonald House)

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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"Built in 1895, Dalnavert is a fine regional example of the Queen Anne Revival style, popular from about 1880 to 1914. Its asymmetrical composition in brick, varied massing and rich interior decoration are typical of this eclectic style, which is loosely based on late medieval and early Renaissance British models. The expansive verandah, common to the style in Canada and the United States, unites the house and its setting. Designed by Charles H. Wheeler, Dalnavert was built for Sir Hugh John Macdonald, premier of Manitoba 1899-1900." ~ text from plaque installed by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (1995) ~
Brief History of 61 Carlton Street

1893 - Hugh John Macdonald purchases the land at what is now 61 Carlton Street.

1895 - The house at 61 Carlton Street is built for Hugh John Macdonald and his f…