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Sunday, 15 February 2009

2009 Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Awards

The 24th Annual Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Awards were presented today at the Manoir de la Cathédral in St. Boniface.

The Exchange
Le Manoir was winner of the Residential Award, (owners: Caleb Group; architects: Saunders, Evans Plosker Wotherspoon).

The project involved taking the old residence of the The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (Résidence Jésus-Marie) on rue de la Cathédral in St. Boniface and adding a modern extension for seniors' housing. Architects from Saunders Evans flew in from Saskatoon to receive their award.
Manoir de la Cathederale
Exterior above, interior below
Manoir de la Cathederale
The award was for the reconstruction of the east wing of the existing 94 year old building into a grand hall / common area that would join the old and new sections of the building. The project included replacing the steel frame.
Manoir de la Cathederale
A marvellous job ! It felt more like a grand hotel lobby than a residence.
The Exchange
The Institutional Award went to the A.A. Heaps / former Bank of Nova Scotia Building on Portage Avenue, (owner: Province of Manitoba; architects: Bridgeman Colaborative Architecture).
New Dome for Old Friend
Extensive exterior renovation to the terracotta were needed, especially on the dome. The combination of terracotta on steel frame is a bad one as the two materials contract and expand independently of each other. Mr. Bridgeman told of decades of renovations in the past to try to save the materials from separating.

There is no modern day solution to this problem other than continuous repair so their solution was to encase the dome in a lead cover.

Downtown Winnipeg
Above: dome c 2007, below dome c 2009
New Dome for Old Friend
The new dome is attractive and complimentary to the building while the original dome is protected from the elements until, one day, someone has a eureka moment that can be applied !
The Exchange
The Commercial Award went to ID Fashion Ltd. for the Henderson Block at 332 Bannatyne (at Adelaide), (owner: ID Fashion Ltd.; architect: Cohlmeyer Architecture).


The Henderson Building is not one of the premiere buildings in The Exchange. It is a simple, functional warehouse building. Cohlmeyer said the simplicity allowed them to really concentrate on the just the basics of a building from that era and thanked owner Irving Estein who was willing to ensure that the work was top quality.
The Exchange
The Commercial Award also went to Birks Inc. for their retail location in the Union Trust Tower - Main and Lombard, (owners: ASH Management; architect Oberti Architecture and Urban Design).

Oberti has worked with Birks on a previous heritage banking hall relocation in Vancouver and with their flagship store in Montréal and complimented the working relationship that the two had. The representative from Birks Canada received a round of applause for saying that they are happy that the are back downtown "where they belong".
Downtown Winnipeg
Of note, ASH will be starting exterior renovations on the building this year.

I am anxious to see the new space !
The Exchange
The Service Award went to the West Broadway Development Corporation for an article on historic buildings in their quarterly paper The Broadcaster.
The Exchange
It's great to attend the awards. To see and hear of interesting heritage projects aruond town. To hear people that put their money where their mouth is and are proud of what they have done.

Congratulations to the winners !

2 comments:

Grup Musik Panting "DENDANG BANUA" said...

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cancelbot said...

Bravo. Here's to many more projects like those.