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Broadway Disciples Church

Formerly:St. Stephen's Broadway
Address:396 Broadway Avenue
Use:Place of worship
Original Use:Place of worship
Constructed:1969-70
Other Work:1985, addition of Day Care facilities
Architects:James Christie
Firms:Moody Moore and Partners
Contractors:Bird Construction Company
Tours:Part of the QR Code Tour

More Information

Architect James Christie, of the firm Moody Moore and Partners designed the St. Stephen’s Broadway Church to resemble the prow of a great ship, rising to the northwest. Accenting 'the prow' is a 43 foot high stained glass window by Western Art Glass of Winnipeg, depicting the visual narrative of the church's history. In 1968 the church was consumed by fire, this is shown in vivid oranges and reds in an image in the lowest panel of the window.

The church is modestly sized (80 x 122 feet), with two single story recessed entrances on both the Broadway side (to the sanctuary) and on the Kennedy Street elevation (with access to the hall). The facade is finished in limestone, set in narrow courses with deeply set glazing.

Churches of this era were planned to be multifunctional, and St. Stephen’s demonstrates this. It has a modern open plan with partition walls dividing the space to accommodate a range of events. A portion of the seating within the nave is also moveable. The basement contains an auditorium, music library, classrooms, kitchen and nursery. An elevator, daycare and facilities for a program to serve adolescent parents were added in 1985.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Broadway-Assiniboine
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Sources

  • Dennis L Butcher. Prairie Spirit: Perspectives on the Heritage of the United Church of Canada in the West. University of Manitoba Press, 1985.
  • "St. Stephens opens doors 2 1/2 years after tragic blaze" Winnipeg Tribune, September 11, 1970.
  • "St. Stephen's - Broadway reflects on past history" Winnipeg Free Press, November 24, 1984.
  • "St Stephen's - Broadway window: its message reaches from heaven to earth" Winnipeg Free Press, October 30, 1970.