2018 Winners

Best Overall Experience

2018 Best Overall Experience

St. Michael's Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage Church

Located at 110 Disraeli Street

Built in 1890, the original church building served as an Anglican mission church until it was converted to St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Heritage Church in 1918. The new church features three domes, three crosses, and a bell tower. In 1922, parishioners added a large pioneer stone cross to the church grounds. The interior of the church has numerous religious icons, banners, and a beautiful bronze medallion sculpture of St. Olga by Leo Mol. Before the altar, there are beautiful golden doors and painted icons of church holidays and religious persons.

Best Architecture

2018 Best Architecture

Bank of Montreal

Located at 335 Main Street

The monumental Bank of Montreal Main Branch, located in the heart of the business district, is a flagship landmark in a city once known as the gateway of the Canadian West. Completed in 1913 and designed by the architectural firm, McKim, Mead, & White, the granite building exemplifies neo-classical architecture. Extensive renovations in 1975-1976 have preserved the classic elegance of the building while also providing a modern and comfortable banking environment.

2017 Winners

Best Architecture

2017 - Best Architecture

Canadian Museum for Human Rights - Behind the Scenes Tours

Located at 85 Israel Asper Way

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was a delight to the eyes of guests who came to marvel at the winning design envisioned by architect Antoine Predock. The soaring glass museum is the fruition of 14 years of planning, fundraising and construction, offically opening its doors on September 20, 2014.

“The Canadian Museum for Human Rights is rooted in humanity, making visible in the architecture the fundamental commonality of humankind-a symbolic apparition of ice, clouds and stone set in a field of sweet grass. Carved into the earth and dissolving into the sky on the Winnipeg horizon, the abstract ephemeral wings of a white dove embrace a mythic stone mountain of 450 million year old Tyndall limestone in the creation of a unifying and timeless landmark for all nations and cultures of the world.”
-Antoine Predock, architect

2016 Winners

Best Architecture

2016 - Best Architecture

Manitoba Legislative Building

Located at 450 Broadway

The Manitoba Legislature formally opened on July 15th, 1920 on the 50th anniversary of Manitoba’s confederation. The impressive architecture in Beaux Arts style and the intriguing interior and exterior art have only become more renowned with time. The building is well known for the famous Golden Boy, who stands on top of the building’s domed ceiling. The statue was first installed in 1919, originally called Eternal Youth, and sculpted by Parisian artist Georges Gardet.

The Legislature is open for tours all year round, but that doesn’t detract from the building’s popularity during Doors Open. It’s always popular, and this year it also attracted nearly 2,000 visitors over the weekend.

2014 Winners

Best Restoration

2014 - Best Restoration

La Maison Gabrielle-Roy

Located at 375 Rue Deschambault

La Maison Gabrielle-Roy is the childhood home of prominent Canadian author Gabrielle Roy. The house was built in 1905 by her father and features a gabled attic, sweeping veranda, and beautiful white Corinthian columns. Gabrielle Roy was one of Canada’s great novelists both in English and in French, as well as being an immensely important figure in French Canadian culture. One of the books she wrote Rue Deschambault, or Street of Riches in English, was based on her childhood in this home. This Doors Open site is one of many in the St. Boniface area of the city and provides tours in both French and English. The goal of the museum is to not only preserve the life, works, and personality of Gabrielle-Roy, but also to play an active role in the cultural life of Manitoba, particularly in the French-speaking community.

Best Overall Experience

2014 - Best Overall Experience

Winnipeg Railway Museum

Located at 123 Main Street

The Winnipeg Railway Museum is the only museum in Winnipeg dedicated to Manitoba’s railway heritage and includes over 37 000 square feet filled with artefacts. There are two tracks that contain actual trains and equipment and their platforms feature displays such as the History of Women in Railroading, the Countess of Dufferin, and the Hudson Bay Railroad, among others. As well, the museum is the current home of Heritage Winnipeg’s special restoration project, Streetcar 356, which is the last remaining wooden streetcar built in 1909, rebuilt and used in Winnipeg until 1955.

2012 Winners

Best Architecture

2012 - Best Architecture

Manitoba Legislative Building

Located at 450 Broadway

The Legislative Building, or ‘ledge’ is one of the finest public buildings, not just in Manitoba, but across North America! The ledge formally opened on July 15th, 1920 on the 50th anniversary of Manitoba’s confederation. The impressive architecture in Beaux Arts style and the intriguing interior and exterior art have only become more renowned with time. While the Ledge provides tours year round, every year during Doors Open, Winnipegers flock to see the life-sized North American bison on the grand staircase, the Pool of the Black Star beneath the Rotunda antechamber and the other treasures within this Frank W. Simon and Henry Boddington III creation. For the second year in a row, Winnipegers have proudly proclaimed that this Manitoba landmark has the best architecture in the city.

2011 Winners

Best Architecture

2011 - Best Architecture

Manitoba Legislative Building

Located at 450 Broadway

The Legislative Building, or ‘ledge’ is one of the finest public buildings, not just in Manitoba, but across North America! The ledge formally opened on July 15th, 1920 on the 50th anniversary of Manitoba’s confederation. The impressive architecture in Beaux Arts style and the intriguing interior and exterior art have only become more renowned with time. While the Ledge provides tours year round, every year during Doors Open, Winnipegers flock to see the life-sized North American bison on the grand staircase, the Pool of the Black Star beneath the Rotunda antechamber and the other treasures within this Frank W. Simon and Henry Boddington III creation.