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Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Parish Church, Hall, Rectory and Administrative Centre

Address:510 River Avenue
Use:Place of worship
Original Use:Place of worship
Constructed:1965 -1967
Architects:W. R. MacDuff
Firms:Green Blankstein Russell Associates
Contractors:John Miller and Sons

More Information

Serving an Italian Parish, Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church, on River Avenue, began construction in 1965, and was completed in 1967. The building replaced the church’s previous structure, located at Sherbrook and Bannatyne, which was demolished in June of 1967 to allow for the construction of a parking garage to service the neighboring Winnipeg General Hospital (later the Health Sciences Centre complex). The new Modern edifice and administrative centre was designed by architectural firm Green Blankstein and Russell (GBR), led by designer W. R. MacDuff and includes basement level hall facilities for 400 people with a rectory and solarium on the second level.

Clad in split-face Tyndall stone, with white concrete accents, the building was designed to fulfill the requirements of the new Roman Catholic liturgy, outlined by the Second Vatican Council.

A single story colonnade projects from the west side of the structure leading visitors toward the generously sized courtyard and glazed primary entrance. At the request of the chancellor, the basement ceiling of the structure is at the same height and finish as St. Nicholas Ukrainian Catholic Church. The bell tower rises 400 feet, and punctuates the otherwise horizontal, rectilinear character of the structure.

Significant Dates

  • 1965, preliminary drawings made
  • July 4 1966, first meeting held with architectural firm to discuss building plans
  • October 2 1965, demolition of 504 River Avenue (by Londero's Wrecking Ltd.)
  • 1969, stained glass installed

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Roslyn
  • Cost of Construction: approx. $350,000
  • Church hall and kitchen in basement
  • Basement ceiling finished in the same manner (and height) as St. Nicholas Ukrainian Church (at request by chancellor)
  • Sanctuary and aisles of church are carpeted

Sources

  • Church Editor. "Where Italians Worship". Winnipeg Free Press, May 25, 1957.
  • "Fire Hits St Norbert Rectory". Winnipeg Tribune, May 31, 1957.
  • "Construction Starts on a New Church". Winnipeg Tribune, October 8, 1966.
  • "Holy Rosary Church Rebuilt on River Avenue". Winnipeg Free Press, September 30, 1967.
  • Holy Rosary Parish. History of the Archdiocese in Winnipeg: Editions du Signe, 2004.
  • "Holy Rosary Church Erected on River Street". Sunday Herald, September 25, 1966.
  • Lillian Gibbons. "A Church Falls to the Auto". Winnipeg Tribune, April 29, 1967.
  • "New Holy Rosary Church Centre to Serve South Winnipeg Parish". Winnipeg Tribune, February 1, 1968.
  • "The Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church". Winnipeg Free Press, October 3, 1973.
  • Gorden Aikman. Churches of Manitoba. Winnipeg Tribune, January 7, 1978.