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Hospital Histories: The Winnipeg Municipal Hospital

Two archways are hidden on the grounds of the Riverview Health Centre at 1 Morley Avenue. Carved into the archway's pediments are a stylized cross and the words "NURSES ENTRANCE", giving two small hints into what the doorways were once attached too. Plaques sit nearby for curious passerby's to read about the history of these architectural fragments, and to learn of what came before the Riverview Health Centre.

Since 1912, the property at 1 Morley Avenue has had a hospital. At the time it was a city owned facility with just one building. Over the course of the 20th century, this would grow from one hospital building to three: the King Edward Hospital (1912), the King George Isolation Hospital (1914), and the Princess Elizabeth Hospital (1950). Together these three buildings were known as the Winnipeg Municipal Hospital.

The first of the buildings to open, the King Edward Memorial Hospital, was designed by architect George Teeter. The King Edward Hospital had a centra…

The Redemption of 635 Sargent Avenue

The Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG) located on 635 Sargent Avenue kicked off the year with a 2020 Heritage Winnipeg Institutional Conservation Award of Excellence. The conservation project beautifully renovated the interior while upholding the building's rich history as a communal hub, a role it has maintained since its 1906 construction.

Before it became the home of the RCCG, the building was originally known as the International Order of Good Templars Hall (I.O.G.T.). The I.O.G.T was a fraternal order that stemmed from the temperance movement in the United States and promoted personal abstinence from alcohol as well as condemned the manufacturing and sale of liquor.  Founded under the leadership of Wesley Bailey, the Order of Good Templar came into existence in 1851 and the movement quickly spread to both Canada and Europe. Part of the organization's appeal was its acceptance of both men and women, and the lower middle class.  Winnipeg's I.O.G.T. chapter was form…

The Ringleaders of 121 Euclid Avenue

At 121 Euclid Avenue, a curiously shaped corner store wraps around a detailed Queen Anne Revival style home. Inside, at Metro Meat, you can find a fine sampling of deli meats and experience a part of Point Douglas’s physical and cultural landscape that has been in operation since 1911.

The home was the first part of the structure to be built, in 1899, for the McKiechan family. Not much is known about the McKiechan family, nor the home’s architect or contractor. Even without this information though, the house is clearly a wealth of ornamentation. Typical of the late 1890s, the home is built in the eclectic Queen Anne Revival style – which combines architectural styles to create an asymmetrical and picturesque fa├žade. White stuccoed walls contrast with the green window-frames and detailing along the roofline. A single turret and a dormer jut out of the green shingled roof.

The McMiechan family sold the home in 1906 to developer J.A. Dart, who in turn rented the home out to a variety o…

National Honour Pending for Brookside Cemetery

At the City of Winnipeg's Standing Policy Committee on Property and Development, Heritage and Downtown Development meeting on March 2nd, 2020, Councillors voted unanimously to nominate Brookside Cemetery at 3001 Notre Dame Avenue as a National Historic Site.  It will then go to the next Council meeting for final approval to proceed. This is just the first step of a longer process, but it is a move in the right direction to protect one of Winnipeg's oldest cemeteries.

Typically, when we think of heritage, we think of built structures – like commercial and institutional buildings and residential that make up so much of our cities urban landscape, but heritage can be much broader than this. Cultural and natural landscapes can have significant heritage value to communities and are equally deserving of recognition and protection.

Cemeteries, as historic sites, offer a mix of both natural and built heritage, and one cannot exist without the other. Manmade structures like mausoleums…