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St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church

Address:202 Harcourt Street
Use:Place of worship
Original Use:Place of worship
Constructed:1974
Architects:Victor Deneka

More Information

202 Harcourt Street, known as St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church was designed by architect Victor Deneka. Over his career Deneka designed several Ukrainian Catholic churches in Manitoba and became known for his fusion of a modern architectural approach with components of traditional Ukrainian ecclesiastical aesthetics. St. Basil's Ukrainian Catholic Church exemplifies this synthesis. Dating to 1974 the building illustrates the embrace of such modernist details idiosyncratic clean-lined detailing, while reimagining traditional basilican forms such as a spire in a contemporary manner. The building serves as a distinctive landmark in its St. James-Assiniboia setting.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Booth, St. James
  • Attached hall on west side
  • Rectilinear in form, lacking the design characteristics of traditional Ukrainian church architecture--domes, ornament, and gabled roof, for example
  • Finished in light coloured brick and stucco
  • Understated entrances to both church and hall

Sources

  • Kowcz-Baran, A.M. Ukrainian Catholic Churches of Winnipeg Archeparchy. Saskatoon: Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 1991.
  • Ukrainian Churches of Manitoba: A Building Inventory. Winnipeg: Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Recreation, Historic Resources, 1987.
  • M H Maruanchuk. The Ukrainians: A History. Ukrainian Free Academy of Sciences, 1970. 530.