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The heart of the continent is on the way to attaining historic district designation after years of concerted volunteer effort.
April Kassum, chair of Armstrong’s Point Heritage Committee heritage house tour, did her research and consulted with historic sites and districts in San Francisco, Victoria, Vancouver, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax and the U.K. She discovered that each province sets its own protocols for designation of historic sites and neighbourhoods but that, while the City of Winnipeg designates historic buildings, neither Manitoba nor the city had a protocol for historic neighbourhoods.
So, in 2013, Winnipeg city councillor Jenny Gerbasi (Fort Rouge - East Fort Garry), initiated a feasibility study as part of Plan Winnipeg.
The project lead was Jennifer Hansell — a senior urban designer with the City of Winnipeg’s planning, property and development department — who says that the 128 houses in Armstrong Point and its natural habitat are unique and worthy of recognition.
In June, a report was submitted to the planning, property and development committee which endorsed the concept of creating historic districts in Winnipeg.
"The (City of Winnipeg) Charter has been changed so that these districts can be created," Gerbasi said. "So the next step now is putting together an actual district plan for council approval. It will basically be a pilot project for the concept."
Gerbasi said "there will be a lot more to report in October in terms of what the plan will specifically include."
Just one example of Armstrong’s Point’s community spirit is a reforestation initiative spearheaded by volunteers Melva Widdicombe and Darlene Irwin. To date they have planted 47 trees and 100 shrubs, and they will continue to do so in their mission to maintain the natural beauty of the area.
Armstrong’s Point is one of the most intact pre-Second World War neighbourhoods in the city.
The legacy of the area’s architecture and the neighbourhood’s sense of community is evident in events such as the bi-annual Armstrong’s Point Heritage House Tour, A Walk Back in Time, which will be held on Sun., Sept. 11.
Six heritage houses will be open to tour between 11:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Exchange your ticket for a tour booklet at any of the tour homes, which will be marked by balloons, on West, Middle or East Gate.
There will also be a refreshment tent, a Holland Street organ, a farmers’ market, entertainment by a barber shop quartet and several antique cars on display.
Tickets for the tour are $25 (children 12 and under are admitted free) and are available at McNally Robinson Booksellers. For more info, visit www.armstrongspoint.com
Heather Emberley is a community correspondent for Armstrong’s Point.