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Heritage Winnipeg Awards

e-dition - March 23, 2007

Honouring Our Heritage:

Wesley Hall Wins 2007 Conservation Award of Excellence

By Annette Elvers

Since 1896, The University of Winnipeg's flagship building Wesley Hall has stood as a proud icon of higher education in downtown Winnipeg. The campus has since grown and other buildings have been constructed, but the castle on Portage Avenue remains the heart of this urban institution.

Over time, the environment and constant use took their toll on Wesley Hall—crumbling stonework and the closure of Convocation Hall were two of the most dramatic consequences. With initial funding from the Council on Post-Secondary Education (COPSE) and The University of Winnipeg Foundation, Wesley Hall’s most recent renovations were launched in 2003, a painstaking effort that started with measurements of each stone of Wesley’s exterior. Work on Wesley’s façade was completed this winter and workers are now turning their attention to the interior spaces of the historic edifice, including an extensive restoration of Convocation Hall.

Historic Preservation a Keystone of UWinnipeg
In February 2007, The University of Winnipeg—along with Alpha Masonry, Ltd., and Corbett Cibinel Architects—was honoured for the care and respect for history that has gone into the task of bringing this flagship building back to its former glory. At Heritage Winnipeg’s 22nd annual Preservation Awards Ceremony, The University of Winnipeg received the 2007 Conservation Award of Excellence.

“Historic preservation is a keystone of our University’s philosophy, and it is clearly demonstrated in our actions with respect to Wesley Hall,” said Lloyd Axworthy, President of The University of Winnipeg. “This award recognizes that vision, and the steps that have been taken to preserve and restore this historic landmark structure.”

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