2016 Winners

2016 - The Hidden Gem

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church

Located at 505 Watt Street

The original Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish was built in 1919. It was the third Ukrainian Catholic church built in Winnipeg. In the 1940s, East Kildonan was growing. The small church wasn’t large enough to house the ever growing congregation.
The new building was constructed in 1954, six blocks north of the original location. Today the Church is well known for its perogy suppers.
It is home to the Millennium Senior’s Centre, and the council #11330 of the Knights of Columbus.

The Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish had 168 visitors in one day over the weekend of Doors Open. The visitors to their site received a taste of the church’s famous perogies.

2016 - Best Overall Experience TIE winner #1

Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga

Located at 115 McGregor Street

The Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga located at 115 McGregor Avenue is truly a work of art. The Cathedral was built in 1950 and has a seating capacity of over 1,000. Critics say that some of the finest icon paintings and stained glass windows in Canada are located in the Cathedral 16 of 34 large stained glass windows were done by the late world famous artist Leo Mol.

The Cathedral has previously won The Hidden Gem three years in a row in 2012, 2013, 2014.

2016 - Best Overall Experience TIE winner #2

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church

Located at 40 Ada Street

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church
The Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Parish was constructed in 1932, by the Ukrainian pioneers from Halychyna (Galacia) in Western Ukraine who settled in the Brooklands area, in northeast Winnipeg. Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Parish is the last of the original, pioneer built, pre-1935 Ukrainian Catholic churches remaining in the city limits. The parish features some excellent examples of the artistry of Jacob Maydanyk.

This isn’t the first time Holy Ghost has won Best Overall Experience at Doors Open, they also won the award last year, which was their first year participating in the event.

 

2016 - Best Guided Tour/Programming

Vaughan Street Jail

Located at 444 York Avenue

The Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue was built in 1881 by architect Charles Osborne Wickensen, and was later modified by Samuel Hooper in 1909. It is the oldest provincially owned building still standing within the City limits. There are significant local and Canadian historical figures connected to this building, and yet unfortunately, there is still no heritage designation.

The Vaughan Street Jail boasted the most site visits with over 3,000 visitors over the weekend.  With theatrical performances and historic costumes the volunteers once again put on a fantastic tour!

2016 - Best Architecture

Manitoba Legislative Building

Located at 450 Broadway

The Manitoba Legislature formally opened on July 15th, 1920 on the 50th anniversary of Manitoba’s confederation. The impressive architecture in Beaux Arts style and the intriguing interior and exterior art have only become more renowned with time. The building is well known for the famous Golden Boy, who stands on top of the building’s domed ceiling. The statue was first installed in 1919, originally called Eternal Youth, and sculpted by Parisian artist Georges Gardet.

The Legislature is open for tours all year round, but that doesn’t detract from the building’s popularity during Doors Open. It’s always popular, and this year it also attracted nearly 2,000 visitors over the weekend.

2016 - Best Restoration

Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre

Located at 61 Carlton Street

Dalnavert Museum is the beautifully restored 1895 home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, once considered to be Winnipeg’s most beloved man. He was the 8th premier of Manitoba and the son of Prime Minister John A Macdonald. Dalnavert has long been considered to be one of the finest examples of restored Queen Anne Revival architecture in Canada. It is a national and provincial heritage site. Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre aims to promote a deeper understanding and appreciation of local heritage, arts and culture through education and community engagement. The building saw nearly 2,000 visitors during Doors Open.

2015 Winners

2015 - The 'Hidden Gem'

Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia

Located at 3180 Portage Avenue

The Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia located at 3180 Portage Avenue is a museum that strongly reflects the history of its community. There are three buildings on the property for visitors to explore, including the William Brown Red River Frame House circa 1856 and the old Municipal Government Hall, built in 1911, which now houses displays about the development of St. James-Assiniboia as well as an interpretive centre showcasing pioneer life in the late 19th century. A long-standing participant in Doors Open Winnipeg, the Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia is one of many incredible museum experiences that the city of Winnipeg has to offer. Truly an historical asset to the Doors Open event, we are very pleased with their continued participation.

2015 - Best Guided Tour/Programming

Vaughan Street Jail

Located at 444 York Avenue

The former Vaughan Street Detention Centre, now known as the Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue was built in 1881 to house inmates serving two years or less sent from Western Ontario and the Prairie Provinces. It is the oldest provincially owned building still standing within the City limits. There are significant local and Canadian historical figures connected to this building, including such figures as Bloody Jack Krafchencko and Earl Nelson, Winnipeg’s first serial killer. However, unfortunately, this building still does not have any heritage designation or protection. This Doors Open site boasted the most site visits with nearly 3500 visitors over the weekend.  With theatrical performances and historic costumes the volunteers once again put on a fantastic tour! Prior to 2013, the building had been closed to Doors Open for 6 years – we hope to be able to continue to feature this building in our event. This building’s popularity just continues to grow and, as an architectural landmark to social and judicial history, is very important to our city’s history.

2015 - Best Restoration

Dalnavert Museum and Visitor Centre

Located at 61 Carlton Street

Dalnavert Museum at 61 Carlton Street is the restored home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, son of Sir John A. Macdonald and Premier of Manitoba from 1899-1900. In 1970, the home was purchased by the Manitoba Historical Society and restored to its 1895 appearance. Long considered one of the finest examples of restored Queen Anne Revival Architecture in Canada, Dalnavert offers visitors the opportunity to step back in time to Canada’s youth. Closed since the fall of 2013, Doors Open this year offered a sneak peek of the museum ahead of its official opening the first week of June. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of the Friends of Dalnavert Museum, the doors have been reopened to the public, with a feasible business plan to continue to make this historic home and national historic site a successful museum for future generations to enjoy. Congratulations!

2015 Best Overall Experience

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church

Located at 40 Ada Street

The Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church at 40 Ada Street is the last remaining original, pioneer-built Ukrainian Church of its kind in the city. Owing much of its completion to the labour of volunteers from the Brooklands parish, the exterior of the church was completed in 1932. Finishing touches continued to be added, including the painting of icons and numerous ornamental designs by Jacob Maydanyk in 1940. Another new addition to Doors Open Winnipeg, this Ukrainian Church is the second to receive an award this year. Although isolated, its rich history makes this church one of Winnipeg’s many historic treasures.

2015 - Best Architecture

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church

Located at 505 Watt Street

The Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church located at 505 Watt Street is one of Elmwood’s hidden treasures. Built to replace the original Holy Eucharist Church in 1954, this building is a sight to behold, adorned with stained glass windows and frescoes by famous artists, hand-carved Iconostas, and a crystal chandelier. The original parish was established in 1919 along with the original church, which was only the third Ukrainian Catholic Church to be built in the city. This was the first year that the Holy Eucharist participated in Doors Open Winnipeg, hosting nearly 500 visitors over the weekend! A valuable and beautiful addition to our Doors Open event, we are pleased to offer such a unique architectural gem in East Kildonan and we hope to include them again next year!

2014 Winners

The Hidden Gem

2014 - The 'Hidden Gem'

Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga

Located at 115 McGregor Street

The Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga is located at 115 McGregor Avenue. This work of art was built in 1950 and has a seating capacity of over 1,000. The cathedral and its parish were created as a rejection of the Roman Catholic church, which is very different from what the Ukraininan Catholics were used to. However, the focal point of this building is its magnificent stained glass windows and beautiful icon paintings. Of the 34 windows, 16 are the work of the world famous artist and sculptor, Leo Mol, who is also known for his Leo Mol Garden at Assiniboine Park. The cathedral is also noted for its beautiful rose stained glass window behind the altar, which depicts the patron Saints, Vladimir and Olga. Wonderful guided tours were given that received lots of great feedback, and this is the third year in a row that the Cathedral has had the honour of winning in the Hidden Gem category.

Best Guided Tour/Programming

2014 - Best Guided Tour/Programming

Vaughan Street Jail

Located at 444 York Avenue

The Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue was built in 1881 by architect Charles Osborne Wickensen, and was later modified by Samuel Hooper in 1909. It is the oldest provincially owned building still standing within the City limits. There are significant local and Canadian historical figures connected to this building, and yet unfortunately, there is still no heritage designation.

This DO site boasted the most site visits with over 1800 visitors in one day. With theatrical performances and historic costumes the volunteers once again put on a fantastic tour! Prior to last year, the building had been closed to Doors Open for 6 years – we hope to be able to continue to feature this building in our event. This year the Vaughan Street Jail also featured as part of an interview with CTV’s Karen Rocznik about Doors Open 2014.

Best Restoration

2014 - Best Restoration

La Maison Gabrielle-Roy

Located at 375 Rue Deschambault

La Maison Gabrielle-Roy is the childhood home of prominent Canadian author Gabrielle Roy. The house was built in 1905 by her father and features a gabled attic, sweeping veranda, and beautiful white Corinthian columns. Gabrielle Roy was one of Canada’s great novelists both in English and in French, as well as being an immensely important figure in French Canadian culture. One of the books she wrote Rue Deschambault, or Street of Riches in English, was based on her childhood in this home. This Doors Open site is one of many in the St. Boniface area of the city and provides tours in both French and English. The goal of the museum is to not only preserve the life, works, and personality of Gabrielle-Roy, but also to play an active role in the cultural life of Manitoba, particularly in the French-speaking community.

Best Overall Experience

2014 - Best Overall Experience

Winnipeg Railway Museum

Located at 123 Main Street

The Winnipeg Railway Museum is the only museum in Winnipeg dedicated to Manitoba’s railway heritage and includes over 37 000 square feet filled with artefacts. There are two tracks that contain actual trains and equipment and their platforms feature displays such as the History of Women in Railroading, the Countess of Dufferin, and the Hudson Bay Railroad, among others. As well, the museum is the current home of Heritage Winnipeg’s special restoration project, Streetcar 356, which is the last remaining wooden streetcar built in 1909, rebuilt and used in Winnipeg until 1955.

Best Architecture

2014 - Best Architecture

Millennium Centre

Located at 389 Main St

The Millennium Centre, built for the bank in 1912 by national architects Darling and Pearson. This magnificent landmark building features monumental granite, a tapestry room whose floor has recently been refinished, and a marble banking hall capped by a gorgeous dome of stained glass. Since the 2000 immense progress has been made in its restoration thanks to the non-profit organization – 389 Main St. Heritage Corporation, and a generous donation by Bill & Shirley Loewen. This year for Doors Open, the Millennium Centre also featured a beautiful exhibit by the Costume Museum of Canada.

For 15 years our Executive Director has sat on the Board of the Millennium Centre to help preserve the building and continue to make it economically sustainability. The current business plan with Storm Catering facilitates events & gives much needed revenue for maintaining the building. Future plans include re-developing the upper floors, and Heritage Winnipeg creating a first-ever Heritage & Arts Interpretive Centre.

2013 Winners

The Hidden Gem

2013 - The 'Hidden Gem'

Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga

Located at 115 McGregor Street

The Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga located at 115 McGregor Avenue is truly a work of art. The Cathedral was built in 1950 and has a seating capacity of over 1,000. Critics say that some of the finest icon paintings and stained glass windows in Canada are located in the Cathedral 16 of 34 large stained glass windows were done by the late world famous artist Leo Mol. Wonderful guided tours were given, and this is second year in a row that the Cathedral has the honour of winning in the Hidden Gem category.

Best Guided Tour/Programming

2013 - Best Guided Tour/Programming

Vaughan Street Jail

Located at 444 York Avenue

The Vaughan Street Jail at 444 York Avenue was built in 1881 and is the oldest provincially owned building still standing within the City limits. There are significant local and Canadian historical figures that are connected to this building, and there is still no heritage designation.

This DO site boasted the most site visits at approximately 3,000 visitors. With theatrical performances and historic costumes the volunteers put on a fantastic tour! The line up was down the street throughout the entire weekend and the building had been closed to Doors Open for 6 years. Having the Jail open for this year’s Doors Open not only allowed Winnipeggers a glimpse into their past, but it also was evident that the Province was willing to showcase this important landmark building as a commitment to continue to preserve and maintain it in the short term, and to hopefully move forward with a viable business plan for future re-development for the long-term.

Best Restoration

2013 - Best Restoration

James W. Burns Education Centre

Located at 177 Lombard Avenue

The Great-West Life Company purchased a piece of land on Rorie and Lombard for construction of a new head office. The building opened in 1911 at a cost of approx. $400,000. The architect was J.D. Atchison and was originally 4 storeys high. An additional 4-storeys were constructed in 1922. This building was designated provincially in 1985. In February HW was very pleased to present our Preservation Award for the exceptional conservation of the second floor space, and preservation of the Board Room.

Best Overall Experience

2013 - Best Overall Experience

Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

Located at 561 Wellington Crescent

The Shaarey Zedek Synagogue located at the corner of Wellington Crescent and Academy Road was new to Doors Open this year. The hospitality at the Synagogue was exceptional and they did an excellent job providing a thoughtful and interesting tour for the Doors Open visitors. The synagogue’s mid century modern design was ahead of its time when it opened up in 1950, and is an iconic building in the area. Visitors enjoyed a tour of the building’s Sanctuary and Chapel, viewing of artifacts, and a walk-around of the exterior of the building.

Best Architecture

2013 - Best Architecture

Millennium Centre

Located at 389 Main St

The Millennium Centre (former Bank of Commerce) located at 389 Main Street had over 900 site visits in one day. This building was built for the bank in 1912 by national architects Darling and Pearson. This magnificent landmark building has been preserved for many years and is a grade one designated building. Since 2000, immense progress has been made thanks to the non-profit organization – 389 Main St. Heritage Corporation and a generous donation by Bill & Shirley Loewen. The centre features monumental granite and a marble-banking hall, capped with a stained glass dome 15 meters above.

For 13 years our Executive Director has sat on the Board of the Millennium Centre to help preserve the building and continue to make it economically sustainability. The current business plan with Storm Catering facilitates events & gives much needed revenue for maintaining the building. Future plans include re-developing the upper floors, and Heritage Winnipeg creating a first-ever Heritage & Arts Interpretive Centre.

2012 Winners

Best Guided Tour/Programming

2012 - Best Guided Tour/Programming

Law Courts

Located at 408 York Avenue

Those participating in the guided 45-minute tour from the Law Courts got a chance to see the beautiful interior spaces of some of the highest courts in Manitoba. In addition to seeing Courtroom 330 (the Manitoba Court of Appeal) and Courtroom 210 (the Court of Queen’s Bench), those on the tour visited the Great Library. Hundreds of visitors nervously interacted with Courtroom 210: kids and adults alike, enjoyed sitting in the chairs of the judges, counsel and jury. While sheepish at first, more than a few put on a stern face and mimicked the motion of slamming a gavel down for silence. The tour guides patiently pointed out that Canadian justices do not use gavels. The engaging tour guides and rich symbolism of the building ensured that no one will soon forget the Law Courts.

Best Restoration

2012 - Best Restoration

Barber House

Located at 99 Euclid Avenue

Barber House is one of Winnipeg’s oldest homes. The story of Barber House is an epic one of perseverant tough-as-nails survival, as this former house of pioneer journalist and businessman E.L. Barber has survived several fires over the years. As those connected to the House like to say, the grand old lady was too tough to destroy. The endurance and recent restoration of the Barber House is a metaphor for the endurance and current rehabilitation of the entire Point Douglas neighbourhood.

Best Overall Experience

2012 - Best Overall Experience

Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia

Located at 3180 Portage Avenue

Winnipegers were invited to return to a time past at the St. James Museum….and they did…and they loved it! Visitors were able to visit the three historical buildings on site: The William Brown Red River Frame House (constructed waaaaay back in 1856), the historic Municipal Hall, and the Display Building housing artifacts of blacksmithing, farming and transportation. In the William Brown House, trained Actors transported visitors back to early Manitoba pioneer life in late 19th century. For the second year in a row, Winnipegers have let Doors Open and the St. James Museum know that they love the site, the programming and St. James history in general.

Best Architecture

2012 - Best Architecture

Manitoba Legislative Building

Located at 450 Broadway

The Legislative Building, or ‘ledge’ is one of the finest public buildings, not just in Manitoba, but across North America! The ledge formally opened on July 15th, 1920 on the 50th anniversary of Manitoba’s confederation. The impressive architecture in Beaux Arts style and the intriguing interior and exterior art have only become more renowned with time. While the Ledge provides tours year round, every year during Doors Open, Winnipegers flock to see the life-sized North American bison on the grand staircase, the Pool of the Black Star beneath the Rotunda antechamber and the other treasures within this Frank W. Simon and Henry Boddington III creation. For the second year in a row, Winnipegers have proudly proclaimed that this Manitoba landmark has the best architecture in the city.

2011 Winners

The Hidden Gem

2011 - The Hidden Gem

St. James the Assiniboine Anglican Church

Located at 525 Tylehurst Street

Best Overall Experience

2011 - Best Overall Experience

Historical Museum of St. James-Assiniboia

Located at 3180 Portage Avenue

Winnipegers were invited to return to a time past at the St. James Museum….and they did…and they loved it! Visitors were able to visit the three historical buildings on site: The William Brown Red River Frame House (constructed waaaaay back in 1856), the historic Municipal Hall, and the Display Building housing artifacts of blacksmithing, farming and transportation. In the William Brown House, trained Actors transported visitors back to early Manitoba pioneer life in late 19th century.

Best Architecture

2011 - Best Architecture

Manitoba Legislative Building

Located at 450 Broadway

The Legislative Building, or ‘ledge’ is one of the finest public buildings, not just in Manitoba, but across North America! The ledge formally opened on July 15th, 1920 on the 50th anniversary of Manitoba’s confederation. The impressive architecture in Beaux Arts style and the intriguing interior and exterior art have only become more renowned with time. While the Ledge provides tours year round, every year during Doors Open, Winnipegers flock to see the life-sized North American bison on the grand staircase, the Pool of the Black Star beneath the Rotunda antechamber and the other treasures within this Frank W. Simon and Henry Boddington III creation.