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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba College / St. Paul’s College (Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg)

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Manitoba College was founded in 1871 by the Reverend George Bryce. Affiliated with the Presbyterian church in Manitoba, the College was one of the founding colleges making up the University of Manitoba. In 1882, it occupied an elaborate building on Ellice Avenue in Winnipeg designed by architect Charles A. Barber and built by Robert D. Paterson. Following unification of the Presbyterian, Methodist, and Congregationalist faiths in 1925, it cooperated more closely with its Methodist counterpart, Wesley College.

In 1931, the college building was sold to the Roman Catholic Church and became the home of St. Paul’s College (now situated at the University of Manitoba’s main campus in Fort Garry), expanded slightly on a design by Winnipeg architects Arthur E. Cubbidge and Edward Parkinson. In 1938, Manitoba College merged formally with Wesley College to form United College, precursor of the University of Winnipeg. The old college building was demolished in 1964.

Principals (Manitoba College)






John Mark King (1829-1899)


William Patrick (1852-1911)


Andrew Browning Baird (1855-1940) - Acting


John B. Mackay (1870-1938)


No information.

Photos & Coordinates

Manitoba College

Manitoba College (c1882)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Manitoba College 5-1, N10851

Postcard view of Manitoba College

Postcard view of Manitoba College (1905)
Source: Rob McInnes, WP3218

Postcard view of Manitoba College

Postcard view of Manitoba College (c1910)
Source: Rob McInnes, WP1884

The former Manitoba College, later St. Paul’s College

The former Manitoba College, later St. Paul’s College (March 1960)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7451, Album 15, Page 13.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89405, W97.15115
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

A Memoir of Old St. Paul’s College by Fred McGuiness
Manitoba History, Number 58, June 2008

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. John’s College (University of Manitoba)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wesley College / University of Winnipeg (505 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba College War Memorial

MHS Centennial Organization: University of Manitoba

Manitoba Organization: St. Paul’s College


“Corner stone is laid,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 July 1905, page 5.

“Two pastors given honorary degrees,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 April 1914, page 4.

“Wins gold medal in oratory contest,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 February 1915, page 16.

“Induction of Principal MacKay takes place tonight,” Manitoba Free Press, 15 October 1919, page 3.

“Dr. M’Kay is guest of honor at banquet,” Manitoba Free Press, 17 October 1919, page 4.

“Last of Manitoba College” by T. C. B. Boon, Winnipeg Free Press, 19 November 1964, page 27.

We thank Rob McInnes for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 20 March 2020

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