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Tickets are just $16.00 + tax. Free Parking.
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By thep1220 on Oct 18, 2015 | In Investigating
MIKE APORIUS / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS FILES
Controversy is swirling around Kennedy House on River Road after the province evicted the operator of the Maple Grove Tea Room.
Valerie Brown operated the tea room since 2003, making Kennedy House a successful tourism business whereas previous efforts had failed."I was told in February to remove my belongings by the end of May, and ever since then we've been in negotiations," Brown said.
Maple Grove was closed after an inspection by the office of the fire commissioner, which determined the building didn't meet safety codes, according to Brown.
The eviction forced her to sell all the furnishings because she couldn't afford to store them indefinitely.
Brown's lawyer has advised her not to say anything about the negotiations. But locals say she is miffed at the provincial government.
An engineer's report found the building in "fair to good structural condition. " However, repairs are required to the main-floor foundation "in the immediate time frame," it says.
The province is promising to spend up to $1 million to restore it.
"It's not going to be cheap. I think we start with about $500,000 and see where it takes us," Conservation Minister Tom Nevakshonoff said. "It's not easy to take a big stone building and try to get underneath it and reform the footings."
The province's spending will double, if required, he said. "I was informed (Premier Greg Selinger) has said we will commit to this. So, as far as I'm concerned, the commitment is iron-clad," Nevakshonoff said.
The restoration could take over two years to complete. He wouldn't comment on negotiations with Brown.
Kennedy House is one of only seven stone houses from the Red River Settlement era still standing. Its walls are a mix of fieldstones and limestone quarried from the Red River banks nearby.
Capt. William Kennedy was born to a Scottish father, who worked as Hudson's Bay Co. chief factor and an aboriginal mother.
He was educated in Orkney, Scotland and worked for the HBC. He left the company and ran a business trading goods from England with aboriginals.
He met Sir John Franklin before Franklin's disappearance and later commanded two search expeditions into the Arctic for the missing explorer.
He was a founder of the Manitoba Historical Society and gave its first address. Rheumatism debilitated him in the last years of his life. Kennedy and his wife, Eleanor, took up residence in Kennedy House, which they called Maple Grove, in 1866. Kennedy was 52 at the time.
Famous arctic explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, who led three British expeditions to the Antarctic, unveiled a bronze tablet to his memory in St. Andrews in 1910.
The Maple Grove Tea Room was supposed to open on Mother's Day weekend as it did every year. Its season extended to the end of September.
Brown said she had about 3,500 visitors per month, and people often had to reserve a table during peak times.
She does not plan to open another tea house at this time.
Rob Sarginson, with the Red River North Regional Heritage Group, said the tea room "was a huge tourist draw" for the RM of St. Andrews. "We're really missing the tea room a lot."
The RM of St. Andrews is rich in Red River Settlement architecture, including St. Andrews by the Red Anglican Church, the St. Andrews Rectory, the St. Peter Dynevor Church, where Chief Peguis is buried, and Lower Fort Garry.
By: Alexandra Paul
A passionate effort to save Dalnavert Museum has succeeded in winning new life for the Victorian-era showcase for Winnipeg history.
Shuttered for the last 20 months, feared by many to be closed forever, the national historic site at 61 Carlton St. reopens May 30.
Let history record the property's saviours are the Friends of Dalnavert, a group of heritage advocates. They took possession Friday of the building that was the Winnipeg home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, the son of Canada's first prime minister, Sir John A. Macdonald.
Three of the directors of the Friends group, as well as members who devoted countless hours of volunteer time to rally public support, were on hand as the key was turned Friday.
"This is a celebratory day for the Friends of Dalnavert who have worked very hard as a team to have the museum open again. This house is going to have a new lease on life and it will be sustainable," said Cindy Tugwell, executive director of Heritage Winnipeg.
The house's former owner, the Manitoba Historical Society, locked the doors on Labour Day 2013 due to tumbling attendance, but the Friends plan to do Dalnavert differently.
"We are a group of people deeply committed to exploring and sharing the history of our city through this house we have our sights on the future. We are delighted to be part of a new day for Dalnavert," said Vanessa Warne, another Friends director and a University of Manitoba professor of 19th-century literature.
Other directors include Adèle Hempel and Claudette Leclerc, CEO of the Manitoba Museum.
"We worked really well with the Manitoba Historical Society on this. Through them, we'll have two summer students this year," Hempel said.
The timing of the opening coincides with the heritage community's annual Doors Open Winnipeg. The event, in which the city's heritage facilities and museums open their doors with free admission, falls on the May 30-31 weekend this year.
After that, Dalnavert will charge a nominal admission to the public, probably less than $10 per person.
Debate over the museum, one of the finest surviving Victorian-era homes in Winnipeg, brought heritage advocates, the city's museums and charitable organizations together to work out a plan to keep it going for the next five years.
"The feasibility study advocated that we had to have core funding to sustain us. We couldn't just rely on admissions and it's a complicated funding formula," Hempel said, outlining three separate funding sources: the province, city and the Winnipeg Foundation. The lion's share will be drawn from a trust fund set up by donors in the 1990s as an endowment for the museum. It's a million-dollar fund the Manitoba Historical Society agreed to share three ways, with the bulk of it to provide funds to Dalnavert's upkeep.
The society also handed the property over for $1 to the Friends.
"In addition to what this has been, a gorgeous home and a (showcase) for the history that's been lived here, it's got to connect with the wider community, with partnerships, with various creative groups and artists in the city," said Brock Capell, a documentary and film-audio specialist working closely with the Friends on programming.
Inside the house, the furnishings looked dusted and ready for visitors. A caretaker had watered the plants in the solarium, the dining room table is set for dinner the way it would have been in 1895, when Macdonald poured the money he inherited from his father into its construction. He lived in the home until his death at 79 in 1929.
"We want to honour the heritage advocates and visionaries from the 1970s. They restored Dalnavert and made the place viable and brought it back to life," said Ines Bonacossa, a medical doctor from Argentina who knows the history of almost every item in the house. "All of it is period-appropriate."
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 9, 2015 A8