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U of W’s Wesley Hall Wins Award for Best Restoration

June 25, 2011 7:14 AM | News

By David Klassen

University of Winnipeg's Wesley Hall won the award for best restoration from Heritage Winnipeg as voted by Doors Open Winnipeg participants. (HANDOUT)

City councillor Paula Havixbeck, executive director of U of W Campus Infrastructure Hugh Swan and Winnipeg artist Jordan Van Sewell at the Doors Open Winnipeg Awards Ceremony at the Winnipeg Free Press News Café on Friday, June 24, 2011. (HANDOUT)

The University of Winnipeg’s Wesley Hall has won the first ever Doors Open Winnipeg award for best restoration.

Heritage Winnipeg handed out awards in five categories Friday morning for buildings voted on by the public during the recent Doors Open event.

The original restoration project plan was to repair the sandstone facade, however, due to the methods of construction used in the 1800’s the project became a multi-million dollar replacement that involved civic, provincial and federal heritage experts. It was completely restored to its original grandeur in 2007.

Seventy-seven buildings were opened to the public for a free weekend of access and tours May 28 and 29.