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2018: A Year of Success and A Future Full of Challenges

It was another wonderful and challenging year at Heritage Winnipeg! 2018 marked our 40th anniversary and was filled with fantastic events and hard work advocating for Winnipeg's built heritage. As we look back, Heritage Winnipeg is grateful for all of our supports that makes our invaluable work possible, and thank you to everyone who came out to our events to celebrate built heritage with us. Winnipeg's built heritage is an irreplaceable architectural, social and cultural asset that belongs to everyone, and we are privileged to advocate for its conservation so that it may be protected for generations to come.

January 2018 began with the volunteer judging committee of Neil Einarson, Murray Peterson, Les Stechesen, Wins Bridgman and Lisa Gardewine visiting the nominees for the 33rd Annual Preservation Awards. The awards are held annually to recognize the people and building projects dedicated to the protection, restoration and conservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. The Manitoba Legislative Building generously hosted the awards on February 19th (National Heritage Day and Louis Riel Day) in the Rotunda. Five building projects were awarded the Conservation Award of Excellence:
  • Manitoba Legislative Chamber at 450 Broadway (The Province of Manitoba & Republic Architecture Inc.)
  • Inglis Building (NWCTA) at 291 Garry Street (Metric Marketing, Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd & Alpha Masonry Ltd.)
  • Former William E. Milner House at 51 Balmoral Avenue (Great-West Life Assurance Company & Prairie Architects Inc.)
  • Leatherdale Hall - addition to Wesley Hall at 515 Portage Avenue (University of Winnipeg & Bridgman Collaborative Architecture Ltd.)
  • Confederation Life Building at 457 Main Street (Shindico Realty Inc. & Crosier Kilgour & Partners Ltd.)
The Manitoba Legislative Chamber after the completion of conservation work and heritage-sensitive accessibility upgrades. Source: Republic Architecture Inc.

The Armstrong Family also received the Special President's Award for their building, the Armstrong Block, at 164 Langside Street. Congratulations to all the award winners for their hard in conserving Winnipeg's built heritage! Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the Province of Manitoba and WOW Hospitality for helping make this event possible. We are looking forward to celebrating the Annual Preservation Awards once again on February 18th, 2019 - do you know building project or person worthy of such an award? January 11th is the deadline for 2019 nominations and you can download the nomination form from Heritage Winnipeg's website. Help us recognize and celebrate great things happening to Winnipeg's built heritage!

As winter turned to spring it was time for Heritage Winnipeg's 12th Annual Spring Fundraising Luncheon, which was held on April 13th in the historic Fort Garry Hotel's Provencher Room. The guest speaker was John Pollard, who is the owner of the Macdonald and Fortune Blocks at 226-234 Main Street. Pollard gave a wonder talk on his experience as a first time heritage owner and the work that is taking place. It was fantasic to hear from someone who understands the value of our heritage and is so dedicated to its conservation. We can hardly wait for the buildings' transformation to be complete! Our sincerest gratitude goes to the Speaker of the Manitoba Legislative Assembly, the Honourable Myrna Driedger for opening the luncheon, John Pollard for his engaging presentation, Fleet Galleries for their raffle donation and the Fort Garry Hotel for their donation and excellent hospitality.

An artist's rendering of Macdonald and Fortune Block after conservation work is complete. Source: Unit 7 Architecture Inc.
The Honourable Myrna Driedger and Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director, Cindy Tugwell at the 12th Annual Spring Fundraising Luncheon.

In May Heritage Winnipeg again participated in Manitoba Day celebrations at the Manitoba Museum. Held on May 12th, this free event welcomed thousands of visitors to the Museum to celebrate Manitoba's 148th birthday. The event also commemorated the 50th Anniversary of the Planetarium, with spectacular space themed cakes on display. Heritage Winnipeg hosted an exhibit to bring attention to all the important programs we provide, with particular emphasis on Doors Open Winnipeg. It was a fun day handing out goodies and meeting with the crowds. Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank the Manitoba Museum for hosting this free event and inviting us to take part.

A cake celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Planetarium during Manitoba Day.

With hardly a moment to spare, it was time for the 15th Annual Doors Open Winnipeg, held on May 26th and 27th. Doors Open Winnipeg is a free community event held annually on the last weekend of May, featuring Winnipeg's distinct spaces, outstanding architecture and vibrant history. This year's event saw the launch of the Winnipeg version of the On This Spot app, which guides users through historical walking tours and interact with historical photos. Additionally, Doors Open Winnipeg offered 93 different buildings, events and walking tours for the public to enjoy over the weekend. Over 25,000 people took part in the event, learning about Winnipeg's rich history with over 500 wonderful volunteers that made the event possible. Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank all of the 2018 event sponsors - your generosity makes Door Open Winnipeg possible! We are already starting to plan Doors Open Winnipeg 2019, which will be celebrated in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. Be sure to check the website and Facebook page in the spring for all the latest updates and volunteer opportunities. If you have a building, event or walking tour that you would like to be a part of Doors Open Winnipeg 2019, please contact Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director, Cindy Tugwell at Be sure to mark your calendar so you remember to come out and "Celebrate the Stories our Buildings Tell" on May 25th and 26th, 2019!

The Bank of Montreal during Doors Open Winnipeg 2018.

Mayor Brian Bowman at City Hall during Doors Open Winnipeg 2018.

The Winnipeg Railway Museum during Doors Open Winnipeg 2018.

Government House during Doors Open Winnipeg 2018.

In June we wrapped Doors Open Winnipeg 2018 with the Awards and Volunteer Reception, held in the historic Millennium Centre on June 20th. The event was to say thank you to the many dedicated volunteers who's tireless efforts continue to make Doors Open Winnipeg a success. It was also where the 8th Annual Peoples' Choice Awards were handed out, as voted on by Doors Open Winnipeg visitors. The 2018 winners were:
  • Dalnavert Museum and Visitors' Centre for Best Building Restoration
  • Bank of Montreal for Best Architecture
  • Vaughan Street Jail for Best Guided Tour/Programming
  • Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church for the "Hidden Gem"
  • St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage Church for Best Experience
Each winner was presented with an original framed print by local artist Robert Sweeney. Heritage Winnipeg would also like to thank WOW Hospitality Concepts for the delicious food, wonderful service at the event.

The Doors Open Winnipeg 2018 Awards and Volunteer Reception at the Millennium Centre.

Artist Robert Sweeney, Paul Mayba of St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage Church, Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director Cindy Tugwell and Helen Maybe of St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage Church.

Then it was time for Heritage Winnipeg's Annual General Meeting, reflecting on the past year and making plans for the future. The Millennium Centre hosted the event on June 27th, with City of Winnipeg Councillor Jenny Gerbasi as the keynote speaker. As Councillor Gerbasi was a long time supporter of Winnipeg's built heritage and chair of the HBRC Committee for many years. We wish her well in her retirement from politics.

Heritage Winnipeg President, Lisa Gardewine, City of Winnipeg Councillor Jenny Gerbasi and Heritage Winnipeg Executive Director Cindy Tugwell.

For the summer, three students, Natassja Brien, Emily Chu and Naomi Brien, came to work at the Heritage Winnipeg office. They were hired through the Young Canada Works in Heritage Institutions Summer Student Program and Canada Summer Jobs Student Program. It was very nice to have extra help in the office during Doors Open Winnipeg, and to help with social media, blogs, filing and reorganizing the office. We appreciate their efforts during the summer and wish them all best with their studies at the University of Manitoba.

In October, Heritage Winnipeg's Executive Director, Cindy Tugwell, traveled to Fredericton, New Brunswick for the 2018 National Trust Conference, which took place from the 18th to the 20th. The theme of the conference was Opportunity Knocks: Heritage as a Social, Economic, and Placemaking Force, with former Winnipeg Mayor, Glen Murray as the guest speaker. At the conference, Tugwell helped deliver the presentation "Heritage Advocacy 2.0: Building an effective voice, winning hearts and minds". It was a important opportunity to mix and mingle with other like minded heritage advocates and professionals, sharing the lessons they have learned over time and celebrating the success they have achieved. Heritage Winnipeg is excited to help play host to the conference in 2019, that will take place in Winnipeg on October 17th to 19th. We hope to see you there!

Heritage Winnipeg's final big event of 2018 was the Fall Fundraiser, "Celebrating the Holidays in Historic Crescentwood". Held on December 6th, heritage lovers gathered at the historic Robert R. Scott House to celebrate the holiday season and support Heritage Winnipeg operations. It was a festive occasion in the Tudor mansion lit by countless candles and complete with a roaring fire and live entertainment provided by the Manitoba Underground Opera. Heritage Winnipeg would like to thank everyone who attended, the homeowners for so generously hosting the event, the Manitoba Underground Opera, WOW Hospitality Concepts, the Exchange District BIZ and Warehouse Artworks.

The Robert R. Scott House.

As 2018 draws to a close and we look towards the new year, Heritage Winnipeg will continue its efforts to support the conservation of Winnipeg's built heritage. We will be following the new Heritage Conservation District legislation by the City of Winnipeg, which is expected to be in place to protect both the historic neighbourhoods of Armstrong's Point and Crescentwood. We will continue to advocate for the return of the City Archives to the historic former Carnegie Library at 380 William Avenue, we will be working on finding solutions for the future of the downtown Hudson's Bay building and we look to embrace the new challenges we will have to face. Our work would not possible without the continuing support of The Winnipeg Foundation, the Province of Maniotba, City of Winnipeg, Thomas Sill Foundation, Parks Canada, all the Heritage Winnipeg members and donors! We cannot thank you enough for acknowledging the importance of Winnipeg's built heritage and supporting our efforts to conserve it. THANK YOU! But as a new year begins, Heritage Winnipeg needs new support. Consider making a TAX DEDUCTIBLE donation or becoming a member of our organization. Together, we can ensure that our city's rich collection of built heritage is conserved, redeveloped and occupied for all to enjoy!

from Everyone at Heritage Winnipeg

Written by Cheryl Mann for Heritage Winnipeg.


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