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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Broadway Methodist Church / St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church (396 Broadway, Winnipeg)

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The Broadway Methodist Church in Winnipeg was constructed by contractor Sinclair Balsor Ritchie at the southeast corner of the intersection of Broadway and Kennedy Street, from 1906 to 1907. Following the 1925 unification of the Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregationalist faiths in Canada, the congregations of St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church (Portage Avenue and Spence Street) and Broadway Methodist merged in 1927 to form the St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church, based in the former Broadway Methodist building.

The building was destroyed by fire on 9 March 1968 and was replaced on the same site by the present structure. Designed by architect James Hamilton Christie, it was built by the Bird Construction Company between 1969 and 1970.

Plaques inside the church list parishioners of Broadway Methodist Church and St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church who served during the First World War. The Methodist plaque was unveiled on 30 May 1920 by General Huntley Douglas Brodie Ketchen.

Clerics

Period

Cleric

?-1913

G. H. Williams

1913-1922

?

1922-?

Louis Wilfred Moffit (1887-1959)

?-1927

?

1927-?

George A. Woodside (c1871-1955)

Photos & Coordinates

Postcard view of Broadway Methodist Church

Postcard view of Broadway Methodist Church (circa 1910)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2015-0056

St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church

St. Stephen’s-Broadway United Church (October 2021)
Source: George Penner

First World War service plaque for the St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church

First World War service plaque for the St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church (September 2022)
Source: George Penner

First World War service plaque for the Broadway Methodist Church

First World War service plaque for the Broadway Methodist Church (September 2022)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88625, W97.14500
denoted by symbol on the map above

First World War (Broadway Methodist)

Name

Occupation

Service

Rank

Birth Date

Death Date

John McCreary Elliott
[Kelvin, Next of Kin]

Student

60th Squadron, Royal Flying Corps

Lieutenant

7 June 1897

16 April 1917

Harry Finney Gibson
[Knox]

Farmer

8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Private

29 October 1885

30 March 1918

John Barker Gould
[Masonic, Eatons, Next of Kin]

Manager

44th Battalion, Canadian Infantry

Captain

12 June 1883

21 October 1918

Robert Stacey Rice
[Next of Kin, Wesley College]

Student

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Lieutenant

16 November 1893

15 September 1916

Fred Irwin Simpson
[Fort Rouge Methodist, Law Society, Next of Kin, Virden, Virden Methodist, Wesley College]

Law Student

1st Canadian Mounted Rifles

Captain

15 April 1893

12 March 1917

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Stephen’s Presbyterian Church / Elim Chapel (546 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Memorable Manitobans: James Hamilton Christie (1929-2014)

Manitoba Business: Bird Construction Company

Sources:

“Bids farewell to his congregation,” Manitoba Free Press, 2 June 1913.

“Honor memory of war heroes,” Winnipeg Tribune, 31 May 1920, page 19.

“Weekend blaze hits city church,” Winnipeg Free Press, 11 March 1968, page 3.

We thank George Penner and Darryl Toews for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 October 2022

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