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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Westminster United Church (745 Westminster Avenue, Winnipeg)

During the early 20th century, Manitoba’s economy boomed and its population grew dramatically. With sharp increases in memberships, many churches found it necessary to replace their buildings. In 1909, the members of Westminster Presbyterian (now United) Church concluded that their 1893-1894 building was inadequate for a congregation of almost 1,000. This site, closer to the homes of the parishioners, was selected and the church was built between 1910 and 1912. For its grandest buildings—Westminster, Augustine (1903-04) and Knox (1914-18)—the Presbyterian Church in Winnipeg called upon renowned architect J. H. G. Russell. For each church, Russell relied on a different interpretation of the Gothic Revival, a popular architectural style that drew its inspiration from medieval churches. Russell’s design was based upon the English expression of Gothic and emphasized pinnacle towers, slender vertical supports and large openings, in this case featuring a beautiful rose window.

In 1992, the Manitoba Heritage Council unveiled a commemorative plaque to recognize this fine stone church, a provincially- and municipally-designated historic site. A collection of photographs of the building by J. H. G. Russell is held at the Archives of Manitoba.

Westminster United Church

Westminster United Church (May 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of Westminster United Church

Interior of Westminster United Church (October 2016)
Source: George Penner

Interior of Westminster United Church

Interior of Westminster United Church (October 2016)
Source: George Penner

Site Location (lat/long): N49.88210, W97.16127
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

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.

Westminster United Church, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough and George Penner.

Page revised: 19 March 2017

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