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La Maison Gabrielle-Roy House at 375 Rue Deschambault

Written by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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"This historical museum allows one to enter Gabrielle Roy's childhood home and get a glimpse at life at the beginning of the twentieth century. Exhibitions pertinent to the famed author's life and works allow visitors to learn more about one of Canada's greatest literary voice. We invite you to visit the home of the writer who has made Western Canada known to millions of readers worldwide."  ~ text from brochure Brief TimelineMarch 22, 1909 - Gabrielle Roy is born in St. Boniface, Manitoba, the youngest of Leon and Melina Roy's eleven children. 

1913 - Six months before he was to retire and receive his pension, Leon Roy is laid off from his job resettling immigrants in Western Canada. The family decides to take in boarders as a source of income and continues to have financial difficulties for much o…

The Marymound School Complex at 442 Scotia Street - New to Doors Open This Year!

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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Character Defining Elements:Exterior:
1) large rectangular west-facing Italianate style building with buff brick superstructure;
2) west façade with a projecting central tower featuring a recessed-arch entrance;
3) south façade with raised, projecting brick entrance flanked by stairs to the east and west, and accented with smooth-cut stone columns, brick drip mould, stone coping on the gable roof, with a stone cross at the peak; other façade detailing including a stone statue set within a niche;
4) window openings throughout including square-headed main floor windows, paired and arched second floor windows under a decorative brick arch, flanking an engaged stone column with stone sills, simple arched windows on the third floor; and
5) details throughout includ…

The Allman Block at 594 Main Street

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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Date Listed as a Municipally-Designated Heritage Building:
November 27, 2014 Character Defining Elements:Exterior:
1) the east-facing building located mid-block on Main Street and part of an historic streetscape; and
2) ornate roof with metal pediment, carved keystone and signage reading "Allman Block"

Interior:
1) ornamental tin ceiling on the ground and second floors;
2) entrance foyer in the southeast corner;
3) main staircase including wood and tin accenting;
4) original wood accenting in the hallways and offices on the second and third floors;
5) period doors with original hardware and glass; and
6) Skylight on the third floor

For more information about character-defining elements and other changes to Winnipeg's heritage by-laws, click here.
History: Daniel F. Allman moved to Winnipeg in 1899 and set u…

A Widower's Tribute: The Waddell Fountain in Central Park

Article by Laura McKay, on behalf of Heritage Winnipeg Corp.
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The Story The Waddell Fountain in Winnipeg's Central park is named after Emily Margaret Waddell. Emily and her husband Thomas, a local temperance leader, moved to Winnipeg in the early 1880s.

The couple was childless, and lived on Sargent Avenue near Central Park prior to her death. On January 23, 1909, Emily passed away in Rochester, Minnesota, after a serious operation.

In 1911, Thomas and the City of Winnipeg were informed of Emily's 1904, which stated that if he planned to remarry, he must donate $10,000 to the City for the construction of a fountain in Central Park in her memory.

Thomas already had plans to remarry, but did not have the funds for the fountain. Finally, in 1914, he succeeded in saving up the money, and the fountain was built.
The Fountain Built in 1914, at a cost of $9,722.19, the Waddell Foun…