A replica of a historic trolley once used to carry passengers down city streets will transport visitors today at Doors Open Winnipeg.
Trolley 356 will depart every hour from behind the Johnston Terminal at The Forks between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. The trolley — operated by the Winnipeg Trolley Company — is designed to resemble an original Winnipeg streetcar, with a nostalgic wood and brass interior, soft domed lighting, and attractive orange and cream finish. The 32-seat ride will drop passengers off at one of 15 participating Doors Open sites.
See a complete list of buildings taking part in this year’s Doors Open Winnipeg.
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.
The first annual Doors Open Winnipeg Awards will be held on Thursday.
Heritage Winnipeg will present awards to the buildings voted on by the public during the recent Doors Open event. The public voted in five different categories at each of the 70 properties throughout the city, including best restoration, best tour, best architecture, best overall experience and hidden gem.
The five award winners will be announced and presented by local artist Jordan Van Sewell at the Winnipeg Free News Café, 237 McDermot Avenue, at 10:45 a.m.
The public will have the opportunity to get an inside look at some of Winnipeg’s most beautiful and historically significant buildings this weekend.
The 8th annual Doors Open Winnipeg runs Saturday and Sunday, with 77 buildings taking part this year — the largest number of participants in the history of the event.
New this year is the first ever Doors Open Winnipeg Awards, where the public can vote in five categories based on their experience in the buildings: Best Restoration, Best Tour, Best Architecture, Best Overall Experience and the Hidden Gem.
Some of the buildings participating this year include Canadian Mennonite University, Government House, the Law Courts, MTS Centre, Manitoba Hydro Place and VIA Rail/Union Station.
Fifty-four of the city’s buildings will swing open their doors Saturday and Sunday as part of Doors Open Winnipeg.
The annual event is in its 7th year and provides the public with a look inside historic properties, along with background information and little known facts on each location.
Doors Open Winnipeg is put on by Heritage Winnipeg and will offer tours of The Chocolate Shop Restaurant, MTS Centre, Marlborough Hotel, Manitoba Hydro Place, St. Vital Museum and St. Norbert Provincial Heritage Park, just to name a few.
As part of this year’s Doors Open event, a replica of Winnipeg’s last remaining streetcar from 1909 was on display. Streetcar 356 was re-created in a life-sized model for the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. On Sunday, those interested had the opportunity to see it in front of City Hall.
The original streetcar is currently awaiting restoration in the Winnipeg Railway Museum.
Doors Open Winnipeg is here for another year. The annual event, which guides people on tours of some of Winnipeg’s most interesting buildings, runs Saturday and Sunday at various locations throughout the city.
Besides the full list of buildings you can tour for free, Doors Open will commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike with a special free performance of the abridged version of Danny Schur’s award-winning musical, Strike! in the Exchange District beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday.
On Sunday, a life-sized replica of Streetcar “356”, the last remaining Winnipeg streetcar that was built in 1909, will be on display at City Hall from 10 a.m .to 4 p.m.
Doors Open Winnipeg is put on by Heritage Winnipeg and will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on both days. For more info, visit DoorsOpenWinnipeg.ca.
Just like last year, Government House (est. 1883) will open its doors to the public for a Spring Levee. The Honourable John Harvard, 23rd Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba, will be on hand to welcome visitors to his residence on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
There will be entertainment, refreshments, and members of the Manitoba Living Society will be demonstrating life from a bygone era on the front lawn all weekend (weather permitting.)
Tours of the residence will be available both Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
I went on the tour last year, but will probably attend again just for the complimentary refreshments.