Save Dennistoun House
We, the undersigned, residents of the City of Winnipeg and Osborne Village, draw the attention of City Council to the following: THAT 1. The reasons for which Dennistoun House was originally granted heritage status designation in 1984 have not changed 2. Dennistoun House has retained its structural and historical integrity 3. No exceptional circumstances exist that justify the delisting and demolition of Dennistoun House 4. The Osborne Village Neighborhood Plan includes heritage policies that: “(7.1.6.A) Discourage the demolition of historic or architecturally significant buildings or structures. Demolition shall be considered as a last resort, and should only be considered when buildings are determined to be structurally unsound beyond repair by an independent structural engineering report. Economic viability should not be the sole determining factor.” 5. Designed by one of western Canada’s leading architects, and built for a prominent figure in Winnipeg’s history, Dennistoun House serves as one of the last surviving tributes to Winnipeg’s heritage. THEREFORE, your petitioners request that City Council i) reverse the Standing Policy Committee on Planning and Development and subsequent Executive Policy Committee decision to de-list Dennistoun House as a heritage home, ii) retain heritage status designation for Dennistoun House, and iii) find alternative uses for this century-old home that are in keeping with the Osborne Village Neighborhood Plan and history of the City of Winnipeg.