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PRIX D'EXCELLENCE DU JURY

ESSAI

WINNIPEG'S UPPER FORT GARRY
Garry has a convoluted and colourful
history. Indeed, despite the very few
relics and structures that remain, many
historians claim it is the most important
historic site in Western Canada. In the
mid-1800s when it was constructed, it
served both as a fortified trading outpost
for the Hudson's Bay Company, and as
the seat of government for the growing
Red River Settlement. Within Upper
Fort Garry's walls, early experiments
in frontier governance, such as Louis
Riel's bilingual "Convention of Forty",
helped spur Canada toward nationhood,
and establish a new model for a
multicultural society.
LAST GATE STANDING
Yet unlike Lower Fort Garry some
30 kilometres downriver, Upper Fort
Garry was largely dismantled in the
last decades of the 19th century, as the
Company's influence waned, and the
demand for timber and stone building
materials grew. Winnipeg was in the
midst of a massive construction boom
that earned it the nickname "Chicago
of the North." Of the original structure,
only the north gate remained standing. It
idled, mostly forgotten on its downtown
site, for some 12 decades. Then, in
2008, development pressures spurred a
dramatic conservation showdown.

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THE SHOWDOWN
On one side was a developer-led proposal
for the site that included a heritage park,
but also a 21-storey residential tower tight
against the west edge of the former fort
wall. On the other was a vision for a new
provincial park and low-rise interpretive
centre, led by a small but determined group
called the Friends of Upper Fort Garry.
The battle lines were drawn, and the drama
played out on the pages of the Winnipeg
Free Press.

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Initially, the City moved forward with the
developer's option, but when bastion
foundations were uncovered within the
tower footprint, the project was put on
hold. The City offered the Friends one
last shot: they were given just 107 days to
raise $10 million dollars and prove they had
the resources and resolve to take on the
development of the entire site. The group,
composed of many eminent Winnipegers
including landscape architect Garry
Hilderman, pulled out all the stops.
It came down to the wire. They secured
the last million at a luncheon on Day 107.
As Garry put it then, "I think we surprised
everybody, ourselves included."

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BACKGROUND OLD FORT GARRY LOCATION CHART 6 SITE PLAN 7 UPPER FORT GARRY
OPENING. 8 FROM "THE BEAVER" MAGAZINE: DECEMBER 1942, P30-31. A RECONSTRUCTION
FROM PHOTOGRAPHS BY JULES PERRET. 9 THE NORTH GATE TODAY.
PHOTOS 6, 7 COURTESY | COURTOISIE HTFC 8 COURTESY | COURTOISIE "CANADA'S HISTORY"
MAGAZINE (FORMERLY "THE BEAVER") 9 COURTESY | COURTOISIE HTFC THE FORKS

NOT YOUR TYPICAL HERITAGE SITE
Not everyone was happy with the
outcome. The Friends' vision was not your
typical heritage attraction. They were
looking for something challenging and
new, something that would be an active
part of the fabric of the downtown and
resonate with people today, particularly
young people.
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TO BEGIN WITH
ADJUDICATION
COLLABORATION
PROLOGUE
EXCELLENCE 2018 Projects That Sing... and Whisper
JURY’S AWARD OF EXCELLENCE
Large-Scale Public Landscapes
Medium-Scale Public Landscapes
Small-Scale Public Landscapes
Residential Landscapes
Planning and Analysis
Research
Landscape Management
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PARTING SHOT
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