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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Matthews Anglican Church / Elim Chapel / St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church / West End Cultural Centre (586 Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg)

The history of this former Anglican church in Winnipeg dates back to 1896 with a the congregation of the Holy Trinity Anglican Church. A missionary parish was established at the corner of Ellice Avenue and Sherbrook Street, with lay reader A. O. Cheney supervising the construction of a wooden building. The parish was formally established as the St. Matthew’s Parish by Archbishop Machray in 1901. On 10 January 1909, a new brick structure replaced the earlier one. This building, designed by architect Herbert Edward Matthews, was sold in 1914 to Elim Chapel to help finance the construction of a larger church building.

Occupied from 1931 to 1969 by St. Peters Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Portuguese Association of Manitoba operated a cultural centre here from 1973 to 1987. The building was purchased in 1987 by Mitch Podolak and Ava Kobrinsky and transformed into the West End Cultural Centre, a music and entertainment venue. In 2008, an attached 400-seat hall was built to the south.

West End Cultural Centre

West End Cultural Centre (January 2019)
Source: George Penner

Interior of West End Cultural Centre

Interior of West End Cultural Centre (January 2019)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89275, W97.15844
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Herbert Edward Matthews (1867-1941)

Memorable Manitobans: Mitchell “Mitch” Podolak (1947-2019)

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

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Matthew’s Anglican Church (641 St. Matthews Avenue, Winnipeg)

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


This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer, George Penner, and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 September 2020

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