Academic journal article Manitoba History

The Dalnavert Visitors Centre

Academic journal article Manitoba History

The Dalnavert Visitors Centre

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Work has begun!

Work has begun on the new Visitors Centre. After the plans were approved unanimously by the MHS Council on February 10, the Architect, Wins Bridgman, and the Project Manager, Gerry Humphreys, got to work.

The first order of business is the demolition, or rather "deconstruction" of the brick house next door, at 57 Carlton. This 1940s-era house is not simply being bulldozed. Instead, it is being taken apart carefully so that its building materials can be re-used in the new Centre or sold.

The double garage at the back of 57 Carlton has already been taken down, and the single garage beside it will disappear soon. A chain link fence has been erected around the whole site and Dalnavert's security system is being extended to include the whole area.

The house itself is now being taken apart. Much of the roofing, and the interior buffalo board and plaster could not be salvaged so was discarded. Metal parts are being sorted, with the most valuable copper pipes being separated. Unfortunately, the copper in electrical wiring cannot be recovered cost-effectively because air quality standards prohibit the practice of burning off its coverings to expose the metal. …

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