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Changes to the City's Heritage By-Laws: What You Need to Know

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 thanks to Rina Ricci, Heritage Planner, City of Winnipeg for her assistance.


The Historical Resources By-Law No. 55-2014The Old The former Historical Buildings By-law No. 1474/77 was adopted by City Council in 1978 (the same year Heritage Winnipeg was established), and continued to mandate heritage conservation in Winnipeg for over 35 years.


The by-law included approximately 235 buildings on the "Conservation List" and over 130 on the "Inventory List". 
Buildings on the Conservation List were graded either a I, II, or II, according to their historical and architectural significance. Upon application for alterations to a building on the Conservation List, a Certificate of Suitability would be issued.  However, as with other policies and regulations, by-laws must evolve to keep up with the changing …

Ross House Museum at 140 Meade Street North

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


Historical Timeline 1804 - Alexander Ross arrives in Lower Canada from Scotland. He would come to be a prominent fur trader and historian, as well as a pioneer settler of the Red River colony.


1813 - Alexander marries Sarah, an Indigenous woman from British Columbia and the daughter of an Okanagan Chief.



1825 - William Ross is born in the Columbia River area of the Rockies, second son of Sarah and Alexander.

1826 - The family eventually moves east to settle in the Red River Colony.

1828 - Sarah and Alexander are married in the Anglican Church at Red River. The couple would later donate the land on which three successive City Halls have been built at Main Street and William Avenue. 



1835 - Alexander Ross is appointed Sheriff of Assinboia. As sheriff and head of the Volunteer Corps of 60 men used as a police force, he re…