Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church

Address:1771 Pembina Highway
Use:Place of worship
Architects:Francis Reed (Simcoe, Ontario)

More Information

Fort Rouge Mennonite Brethren Church was dedicated Sunday, December 8, 1963. Designed in a contemporary style by architect Francis Reed, the building was built in part by its congregants, with more than 5,000 man hours worked voluntarily by church members under the direction of a construction superintendent, in liaision with sub-trades. A building committee guided the entire construction program.

Significant Dates

  • 1963, Site purchased
  • June 12 1963, Construction begins
  • December 8 1963, Church dedicated

Design Characteristics

  • Tyndall stone facade
  • Seating for 700 in church
  • Construction cost: $120,000
  • Addition in 1963 constructed primarily by volunteer labour; over 5,000 voluntary hours accrued.
  • Plans and specs drawn up by a non-profit organisation in assisting congregations to carry out building programs in Canada and the United States.
  • Laminated, curved, wood beams are exposed within the nave of the church; ceiling is finished in wood plank.
  • Subsequent addition on west portion of site, date unknown.


  • George Derksen. "New Mennonite Church Built by Congregation". Winnipeg Free Press, December 7, 1963.
  • Gordon Aikman. Churches of Manitoba. Winnipeg Tribune, February 17, 1978.
  • Winnipeg Building Index,
  • Canadian Mennonite (9 December 1955): 1,3; (20 May 1960): 16; (10 December 1963): 4.
  • Klassen, Bill (William). “Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church: A Portrait.” Unpublished. 1984.
  • Mennonite Brethren Herald (27 May 1988): 45.
  • Mennonite Observer (24 July 1959): 12; (11 September 1959): 3.
  • Siemens, Leonard. “Fort Garry Mennonite Brethren Church: Celebrating its 25 th Anniversary on 20 November, 1988: A Historical Sketch.” Unpublished.