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Union Station at 123 Main Street - Home of the Winnipeg Railway Museum

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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Thank you to Greg Agnew for his assistance with photos for this piece.


Union Station will host Heritage Winnipeg's Annual Preservation Awards for 2015! For more information about the event, click here or find out more about the awards click here Union Station at 123 Main Street

VIA Rail commissioned the production of this video for the 100th anniversary of Union Station on the significance of the railway to the development of the city of Winnipeg. Take a peek!

Designed by New York architectural firm Warren and Wetmore, Winnipeg's Union Station was built from 1908-11 (opened to the public in 1911). It originally provided terminal facilities for the Canadian Northern Railway (CNoR), the National Transcontinental Railway (NTR), and the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTPR).
The station was taken over by the Canadian Nat…

James Avenue Pumping Station at 109 James Avenue

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of the Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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Designed by City Engineer Lt. Col. Henry Norlande Ruttan, the James Avenue Pumping Station is a good example of early industrial architecture. Originally, it was made up of three main structures: a gas producing plant, a large gas storage tank (gasometer), and the powerhouse. The powerhouse is all that remains. The machinery was manufactured in Scotland and England before being shipped to Winnipeg.
Timeline1880-1900 - The Winnipeg Water Works (a private company) supplies for all of Winnipeg's water needs through pumps in the Assiniboine River, including both domestic water supply and the city's fire hydrants. 

1904 - The water supply to the city is inadequate to support its growing population. During the summer or a large fire, when additional pressure is needed, water is pumped from the Assiniboine as well. U…

Coming Soon: Annual Preservation Awards and Doors Open Winnipeg 2015

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.
This is a FREE community event - consider this your personal invitation!
Monday, February 16, 2015 at Via Rail Station ,
Doors Open: What Is It?Completely FREE event, open to the public - that means you!An event that takes place not only in Winnipeg, but in many cities across Canada and the worldFeatures historically and architecturally significant buildings, many of which are not normally open to the publicOriginated in Glasgow, Scotland in 1990 as "Doors Open Days" and quickly expanded both across Scotland and the worldDoors Open arrived in Canada with Doors Open Toronto in 2000Winnipeg was the first city to include the People's Choice Awards to allow visitors to vote on their favourite sites
Commercial from the 2013 event! Doors Open Winnipeg: What You Need to Know  2004 was the first year Doors Open to…

A Look Back at 2014

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of the Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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Happy New Year from Heritage Winnipeg!
We hope you enjoyed your winter holidays as much as we did and are looking forward to a new year of possibilities. This was the first year that Heritage Winnipeg has had a blog, and as such, we thought we would look back at our first year of blogging - click the title for a link to the original articles! As well, a complete archive of our previous blog posts can be found in the sidebar on the left, sorted by the date posted. Our First Post...Introductory Remarks from the Minions


Our first post was published July 16, 2014 and introduced you to everyone who works in the office. We were so excited to see all of the people that were interested in what we had to say! Your Top 5 Favourites: 1.  UPDATED: The Unveiling of Upper Fort Garry Provincial ParkWith over 1900 views and counting, th…