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Doors Open Winnipeg 2018: Celebrating the Stories Our Buildings Tell

Wrapping Up: Doors Open Winnipeg 2018

This past weekend, May 26th and 27th, was Heritage Winnipeg's 15th annual Doors Open Winnipeg event. We are also celebrating Heritage Winnipeg's 40th year! This FREE community event celebrates our city's architectural, historical and cultural heritage, but also helps us promote the restoration, rehabilitation, and preservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. This would not be possible without our enthusiastic sponsors and participants. Our office at Heritage Winnipeg, in the heart of the West Exchange District, was happy to see all the photos, posts, and emails about the buildings and events! Doors Open Winnipeg is about "celebrating the stories our buildings tell" - but it's also about giving the Winnipeg community a chance to hear and learn those stories.

Let's take a look at some of the highlights from this weekend:

VISITORS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:This year we had 94 buildings and tours with 14 new participants…

McGregor Street Armoury - Standing On Guard for over 100 Years

McGregor Street Armoury (1915)The McGregor Street Armoury, a federally designated heritage building, is a returning participant in Doors Open Winnipeg 2018! Visit their page at the Doors Open Winnipeg site here to find out more information on opening hours and tour times. Doors Open Winnipeg runs from May 26 - 27, 2018.


Sitting on the corner of McGregor Street and Machray Avenue, this imposing building dominates the landscape. Although many people may have only noticed it in passing on the way to the ever-popular North Star Drive In, the McGregor Street Armoury has been a mainstay of the North End landscape for more than 100 years.

In the early 20th century, before the Great War, a blustering new officer had been appointed to the position of Minister of Militia in 1911 by then-Prime Minister Robert Borden. The influence of Sir Samuel Hughes quickly became apparent - he had convinced Sir Wilfrid Laurier to send troops overseas to the Boer War, and his dream was to see a distinctly Cana…

The Uptown Theatre - A Remnant of Film's Golden Age

Many Winnipeggers will remember having birthday parties as a child at Academy Lanes Bowling - making funny nicknames on the machine, bowling the occasional strikes (more rolling into the gutter), and finally upstairs for pizza at dinnertime. Academy Lanes has been a staple of Central Winnipeg for many many years - but the building that houses it has been around for much longer.

The Uptown Theatre was built in 1931 as the latest in a series of theatres designed by Russian-born Winnipeg architect Max Zev Blankstein, and owned by another Russian Winnipegger, Jacob "Jack" Miles. Both these men, along with many other families, had fled Russia to escape religious persecution (both are buried in Shaarey Zedek cemetery, a historic site in its own right). Max Blankstein was among the very first Jewish architects to register and practice in Manitoba.


By all accounts, Uptown Theatre was a sight to see in its heyday of the Golden Age of Film. Mixing Spanish, Islamic, and Art Deco influe…

Doors Open Winnipeg 2018

It's that time of year again! Time to have Winnipeg's heritage buildings and historic tours open their doors to the public for free and celebrate our city's shared heritage. This is a landmark year for Heritage Winnipeg's Doors Open Winnipeg event, since it's the 15th anniversary of the event. Even more exciting, it's the 40th anniversary of Heritage Winnipeg, a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to the conservation of Winnipeg's built history.

If you haven't heard of Doors Open Winnipeg before, here's a quick run-down of the event:

WHAT: Operated since 2004 by Heritage Winnipeg, Doors Open Winnipeg is a heritage celebration focused on getting people out to discover the amazing heritage buildings and historic tours we have in Winnipeg, all for FREE - with thanks to our over 500 volunteers!Both building and walking tours are available, plus (new for this year!) we have a cycling tour by Bike Winnipeg! Go out and see some amazing heritage b…