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The Scott Fruit Company Warehouse: The Fruition of Persistence

As the First World War started and and the Panama Canal opened, Winnipeg's great boom period drew to a close. In the fading light of this grand era the Scott Fruit Company put forth one final hurrah, erecting a warehouse on Elgin Avenue. An ode to the railway that made Winnipeg the wholesale centre of western Canada, the warehouse was "thoroughly modern in every way, having all the most up-to-date appliances that are to be found in any to the leading fruit warehouses of the continent" (Winnipeg Tribune, September 18, 1914, page 11). Now over one hundred years old, the warehouse that has stood tall while those around it were torn down, is being modernized for the 21st century. Come 2020, it will be home to Red River College's Innovation Centre, allowing entrepreneurship and innovation will flourish within its wall once again.

The Scott Fruit Company was established on July 10, 1912, when A. C. Macpherson of the Macpherson Fruit Company retired. The company was then b…

Celebrating Heritage Day 2019

On February 18th, 2019 Heritage Winnipeg celebrated Heritage Day. Heritage Day was created by the National Trust for Canada in 1973 to "preserve and promote Canada's natural, architectural, and historical heritage" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). Although it is not a official national holiday, it is celebrated throughout Canada, usually on the third Monday of February.

Heritage embodies both tangible and intangible pieces of our collective history: music, language, stories, pictures, maps, documents, artifacts, regalia, traditions, buildings, meeting places and so much more! It brings us together and reminds us that we are all connected; to each other, the past, the present and the future. What started over 45 years ago as a single day dedicated to heritage has now grown into an entire week. In 2019, Heritage Week is celebrated from February 18th to 24th. The National Trust's theme for Heritage Week in 2019 is "Heritage: The Tie that Binds".

To celebrate Herita…

Modernism for the Masses - The St. Vital Library

St. Vital is home to one of the most unique public library buildings found in Winnipeg. Built in 1962-1963, the International Style building was designed to fit an odd shaped piece of property, resulting in a memorable modernist design. Over 50 years after opening, the building retains its original form and function, providing literature for the public in an outstanding setting. In May of 2014 the City of Winnipeg recognized the historical and cultural significance of the building and added to the List of Historic Resources, ensuring it is protected for generations to come.

In the 1950s the Municipality of St. Vital was experiencing a period of development and modernization, transforming the once rural, agriculturally focused area in to a more urban and populated one. The residents of the area had already expressed their desire for a library in 1948, and their request was finally addressed in 1954, when with it's increasing prosperity, St. Vital opened its first public library. Th…