Have you ever wandered down the streets of Winnipeg and wondered what some of the beautiful buildings are like inside? This weekend you have a chance to not only peek in, but to learn about the history of your favourite places.
The 10th annual Doors Open Winnipeg is an initiative of Heritage Winnipeg that opens the doors of more than 80 buildings and sites on May 25 and 26. Our photo gallery features some of the buildings that are new to the event this year.
Kim Jasper is Chief Development Officer of Red River College. She is excited and proud that the Paterson GlobalFoods Institute of RRC, formerly the Union Bank Tower, is newly part of the tour.
The renovated building opened its doors to much fanfare earlier this year and recently won a Heritage Preservation Award presented by Heritage Winnipeg.
The building was Winnipeg's first skyscraper and is now home to the college's hospitality and culinary arts school, Jane's Restaurant and student residence. The building is at the forefront of green sustainability and is seeking LEED certification.
At the same time, Jasper says visitors will get a sense of the building's history with every step. "For example, as you go up the stairs from the commons area to the second floor you go up the original marble stairs with the building's original iron railings. Jane's Restaurant is in the old banking area of the Union Bank Tower and features the original marble floors, not polished for sustainability reasons. The columns that rise a couple of stories above you have been renovated but they are the original ones."
The Doors Open initiative first started in France in the mid 1980s. The idea has now spread around the world. The first Canadian version opened in Toronto in 2000.
Doors Open Winnipeg offers access to Winnipeg buildings and sites on May 25 and 26.