Commemorating Winnipeg's Newest National Historic Sites: The Exchange District and Union Bank Building
On the 2nd of October of this year, at a ceremony held at Pantages Playhouse Theatre, plaques were unveiled marking the designation of two new national historic sites in Winnipeg -- the Exchange District and the Union (Royal) Bank Building on Main Street. The ceremony, sponsored by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, featured a period fashion show, musical entertainment, an historical re-enactment, remarks from a number of federal, provincial, and municipal dignitaries, and, of course, the unveiling of the two new bronze plaques. In his speech Winnipeg mayor Glen Murray considered the national designations a "platform" to help launch the rejuvenation of the city's downtown core which would return the area to the "beating heart" it once was during the city's boom between 1881 and 1918 when the Exchange District was born. Exchange District BIZ chair Doug Dealey also used the occasion to speak of the new era of downtown redevelopment which will return the district to its …
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Publication information: Article title: Commemorating Winnipeg's Newest National Historic Sites: The Exchange District and Union Bank Building. Contributors: Not available. Journal title: Manitoba History. Issue: 38 Publication date: September-February 1999. Page number: 26. © 1999 Manitoba Historical Society. COPYRIGHT 1999 Gale Group.
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