This residence at 375 rue Deschambault in the St. Boniface area of Winnipeg was the childhood home of internationally-renowned author Gabrielle Roy. Her first novel Bonheur d’occasion was published in 1945 and for which she won the Prix Fémina from France and the Governor General’s award (her first of three) for the English translation The Tin Flute. Her book Rue Deschambault (Street of Riches, 1955) describes her early life in St. Boniface.
The house was restored and was officially opened in June 2003 as the Gabrielle Roy House Museum. A municipally-designated historic site, plaques in front of the house were erected by the Manitoba Heritage Council (1987) and the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (2009). In 2003, it received a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg.
The Roy home at 375 Deschambault Street in St. Boniface (no date)
Source: Société historique de Saint-Boniface, General Collection, SHSB2679.
Gabrielle Roy House (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg
Gabrielle Roy House (June 2020)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89010, W97.11007
denoted by symbol on the map above
Maison Gabrielle Roy
Gabrielle Roy House, 375 rue Deschambault, City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, November 1981.
Commemorating Gabrielle Roy by Parks Canada
Manitoba History, Number 63, Spring 2010
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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites
Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 21 June 2020
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