Thousands sign petition to save 514 Wellington Cres. mansion
Known as the Gordon Mansion, 514 Wellington Cres. is a two-story estate that’s been home to a slew of big Winnipeg names.
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More than 3,200 people want to protect a historic 107-year-old home perched on Wellington Crescent, which may soon be demolished in lieu of condominiums.
The Save 514 Wellington petition, addressed to Mayor Brian Bowman and created by neighbours in the Crescentwood area, had 3,263 signatures at last count Monday.
Known as the Gordon Mansion, 514 Wellington Cres. is a two-story estate that’s been home to a slew of big Winnipeg names, including James T. Gordon, founder of the meat-packing firm, Gordon, Ironside and Fares; Victor Sifton, a former Winnipeg Free Press publisher; and former senator Douglas Everett, who declined to comment on the construction plans Monday.
Leader Equity Partners, a Winnipeg-based development firm, bought the lot and have voiced plans to demolish 514 Wellington to make way for a condo development, according to Heritage Winnipeg.
Barbara Parke, who signed the petition Sept. 30, made an impassioned plea online to keep the property in tact.
"I consider this home and grounds THE most important and beautiful historical home (inside and out) in Winnipeg. Who are we to tear it down for a modern condominium after 107 years of enjoyment by all who drive by, walk by, or take historical tours of the special buildings in our city," she wrote. "We have to work together as concerned citizens to save the historical site for future Winnipeggers and visitors."