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One of Winnipeg's hidden gems is a step closer to becoming the city's first Heritage Conservation District.
A study of Armstrong's Point, being conducted by HTFC Planning and Design, is in the stage of gathering community input and did so at a workshop Thursday at Westminster United Church. About 75 people who live in the historic neighbourhood that dates back to the late 1800s attended the event.
Located in a large bend in the Assiniboine River, Armstrong's Point has three gated entrances that prompted its nickname the Gates.
The study is looking at architecture styles of the 124 homes in the area, the architects and designers of the various development eras, the landscapes, the heritage trees, utilities and the venerable gates themselves.
"From tonight, we will compile all the information (HTFC Planning and Design) have been gathering. This was a bit of a fact-finding mission, and they'll put it all together in a study report and then we'll have a check-in at (city council's) standing committee," said Jennifer Hansell, a senior urban designer with the City of Winnipeg who has been involved in the project to get Heritage Conservation District status for Armstrong's Point since the project began in 2013.
"We'll need political direction to advance to the next stage." She said the report could be presented to the standing committee early in the new year.
"We don't actually have Heritage Conservation Districts in Winnipeg even though they're very common elsewhere, nationally and internationally," Hansell said.
Hansell said Armstrong's Point seems to be on its way to earning the Heritage Conservation District special designation.
"In Armstrong's Point, they sort of have the jackpot. They have the buildings, they have the landscape. You walk into that neighbourhood and you feel like you are in a special enclave. The feeling there is pretty apparent," she said.
According to a city report, the 54-acre area is located on a peninsula granted by the Hudson's Bay Co., to Capt. Joseph Hill in 1848. Hill later sold the property for $28,000 to a syndicate with plans to sell properties to Winnipeg's elite. Today there are 124 houses, a library, school, private club, 13 duplex-triplex conversions, a care home and two public parks.