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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Roslyn Court Apartments (40 Osborne Street, Winnipeg)

Roslyn Court, constructed in 1909, is one of Canada’s finest apartment buildings in the Queen Anne Revival style. Popular between 1880 and 1914, this style is characterized by asymmetrical composition, contrasting colours and textures, and strikingly varied rooflines. It left a gracious legacy of comfortable, highly decorative residences across the country, including this example. Designed by local architect William Wallace Blair, Roslyn Court is among the few Queen Anne Revival apartment buildings that still retain their interior features, such as wood panelling, mouldings, stained glass, and fireplaces.

A plaque was erected in front of the block in 1986, by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. It is also a municipally-designated historic site. In 2016, a renovation project in the building received a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg.

Roslyn Court Apartments

Roslyn Court Apartments (June 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88022, W97.14648
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: William Wallace Blair (1852-1916)

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

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.

We thank George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 8 November 2020

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