2017 Winners

2017 - Best Architecture

Canadian Museum for Human Rights

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

2016 - The Hidden Gem

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church

Located at 505 Watt Street

The original Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish was built in 1919. It was the third Ukrainian Catholic church built in Winnipeg. In the 1940s, East Kildonan was growing. The small church wasn’t large enough to house the ever growing congregation.
The new building was constructed in 1954, six blocks north of the original location. Today the Church is well known for its perogy suppers.
It is home to the Millennium Senior’s Centre, and the council #11330 of the Knights of Columbus.

The Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Parish had 168 visitors in one day over the weekend of Doors Open. The visitors to their site received a taste of the church’s famous perogies.

2016 - Best Overall Experience TIE winner #1

Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga

Located at 115 McGregor Street

The Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga located at 115 McGregor Avenue is truly a work of art. The Cathedral was built in 1950 and has a seating capacity of over 1,000. Critics say that some of the finest icon paintings and stained glass windows in Canada are located in the Cathedral 16 of 34 large stained glass windows were done by the late world famous artist Leo Mol.

The Cathedral has previously won The Hidden Gem three years in a row in 2012, 2013, 2014.

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.

2015 Winners

2015 - Best Architecture

Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church

Located at 505 Watt Street

The Holy Eucharist Ukrainian Catholic Church located at 505 Watt Street is one of Elmwood’s hidden treasures. Built to replace the original Holy Eucharist Church in 1954, this building is a sight to behold, adorned with stained glass windows and frescoes by famous artists, hand-carved Iconostas, and a crystal chandelier. The original parish was established in 1919 along with the original church, which was only the third Ukrainian Catholic Church to be built in the city. This was the first year that the Holy Eucharist participated in Doors Open Winnipeg, hosting nearly 500 visitors over the weekend! A valuable and beautiful addition to our Doors Open event, we are pleased to offer such a unique architectural gem in East Kildonan and we hope to include them again next year!

2014 Winners

The Hidden Gem

2014 - The 'Hidden Gem'

Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga

Located at 115 McGregor Street

The Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga is located at 115 McGregor Avenue. This work of art was built in 1950 and has a seating capacity of over 1,000. The cathedral and its parish were created as a rejection of the Roman Catholic church, which is very different from what the Ukraininan Catholics were used to. However, the focal point of this building is its magnificent stained glass windows and beautiful icon paintings. Of the 34 windows, 16 are the work of the world famous artist and sculptor, Leo Mol, who is also known for his Leo Mol Garden at Assiniboine Park. The cathedral is also noted for its beautiful rose stained glass window behind the altar, which depicts the patron Saints, Vladimir and Olga. Wonderful guided tours were given that received lots of great feedback, and this is the third year in a row that the Cathedral has had the honour of winning in the Hidden Gem category.

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.

2013 Winners

The Hidden Gem

2013 - The 'Hidden Gem'

Ukrainian Catholic Metropolitan Cathedral of Sts. Vladimir and Olga

Located at 115 McGregor Street

The Cathedral of Saints Vladimir and Olga located at 115 McGregor Avenue is truly a work of art. The Cathedral was built in 1950 and has a seating capacity of over 1,000. Critics say that some of the finest icon paintings and stained glass windows in Canada are located in the Cathedral 16 of 34 large stained glass windows were done by the late world famous artist Leo Mol. Wonderful guided tours were given, and this is second year in a row that the Cathedral has the honour of winning in the Hidden Gem category.

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.