Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



356 Furby Street

Address:356 Furby Street
Contractors:McDonald Construction Company

More Information

356 Furby Street was built as the Shinn Conservatory of Music in 1947 by the McDonald Construction Company. This Winnipeg school was first opened in 1912 by William Henry Shinn; it operated until 1967 under the direction of William's son Bonar Franklyn Shinn. The building originally contained a recital hall seating 350 people, as well as 14 studios, one of which was equipped for two-piano work. Care was taken to provide sound-proof construction throughout. The exterior, which possesses a blend of early modernist design and late Art Deco influences, is clad in red brick with Tyndall limestone detailing, including the modern fluted columns flanking the main, east-facing doorway.

Design Characteristics

  • Red brick with Tyndall limestone detailing
  • Sound-proof construction