Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Portuguese Association of Manitoba

Address:659 Young Street
Architects:Gustavo Da Roza

More Information

The home of the Portuguese Association of Manitoba was designed by local architect Gustavo Da Roza. The centre officially opened on Saturday, March 6, 1988. The $1.5-million project was designed to accommodate the 18,000 Portuguese living in the city at that time. The Portuguese Association was founded on March 3, 1966 by a group of 15 people and was originally run out of a basement.

The building is an example of a late modernist aesthetic. At the time of its opening it contained a library and resource centre, an auditorium containing a state-of-the-art sound system, a playroom for children, offices, and even a restaurant.

Design Characteristics

  • Late modernist aesthetic

Locations of Supporting Information

  • “Portuguese community has new home,” Winnipeg Free Press, Sunday, March 6, 1988