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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Holy Trinity Anglican Church (256 Smith Street, Winnipeg)

Erected in 1883-1884 on the north side of Graham Avenue between Donald and Smith streets, to the designs of Winnipeg architect Charles H. Wheeler, this picturesque limestone structure is a fine example of the High Victorian Gothic style. It displays a creative interpretation of the cruciform plan and a lively use of motifs such as dormer clerestory windows, buttresses, finials and hammer beam ceiling. The irregular outline, with attached parish hall and bell tower, recalls English parish churches. This church is the fourth to serve the parish since its incorporation in 1868. Set within a landscaped churchyard, Holy Trinity is a landmark in the heart of Winnipeg and a municipally-designated historic site. In 1990, a commemorative plaque was erected on its grounds by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada.

Located on the interior south wall of the sanctuary are two bronze plaques commemorating the members of the Fort Garry Horse (FGH) who died in service of their country during the First and Second World Wars. The plaques were unveiled on 22 June 1947 by Lieutenant Colonel R. F. Bingham (former FGH Commanding Officer) and dedicated by Reverend C. C. Carruthers (former FGH Chaplain and Major). Also present at the event was Brigadier M. H. S. Pendale and Brigadier R. O. G. Morton. A tribute parade was performed by members of the Fort Garry Horse Association 10th Armoured Regiment, along with cadets and the regiments’ band.

Holy Trinity Church

Sketch of the Holy Trinity Church (circa 1889)
Source: Souvenir of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Toronto News Company, 1889.

Holy Trinity Church

Sketch of the interior of Holy Trinity Church (circa 1889)
Source: Souvenir of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Toronto News Company, 1889.

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Anglican Church (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Plaque (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Fort Garry Horse memorial plaques (November 2014)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89260, W97.14264
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Garry Horse Monument (Assiniboine Park, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Fort Garry Horse Museum and Archives (551 Machray Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Holy Trinity Anglican Church (246 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Sources:

“Fort Garry Horse War memorial to be unveiled,” Winnipeg Free Press, 21 June 1947, page 10.

“Bronze memorial plaque unveiled,” Winnipeg Free Press, 23 June 1947, page 3.

“Plaque honors Fort Garry Horse,” Winnipeg Tribune, 24 June 1947, page 4.

[Photo caption], Winnipeg Free Press, 24 June 1947, page 14.

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.

We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 24 April 2015

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