Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



St. Vital United Church

Address:937 St. Mary's Road
Use:Place of worship
Constructed:1957 (Sanctuary)
Other Work:1968, Christian Education Centre (CEC)
Architects:Prain and Ward
Firms:Prain and Ward
Contractors:Semmler Construction Company (1968)
Kornovski and Keller Contractors Ltd. (1986)

More Information

In 1957, Prain and Ward prepared the plans and specifications for a superstructure to house the growing St. Vital United Church, located at St. Mary’s Road and Portland Avenue. This superstructure was erected atop of the previously constructed basement, where service had been held since 1952. Visitors enter the sanctuary through the tower which extends three stories and holds a cross constructed of steel I beam. The entry doors are protected by a slightly cantilevered second storey. The building is veneered in red brick and constructed of steel, reinforced concrete and exposed glulam beams.

Significant Dates

  • 1950, construction on new church begins
  • 1952, basement construction finished (services held in basement)
  • 1958, superstructure completed
  • 1968, Christian Education Centre built
  • 2003, St. Vital United Church closes

Design Characteristics

  • Basement cost of construction, $40,000
  • Superstructure cost of construction, $81,032


  • Church Editor. "New St Vital United Church To Be Ready for Christmas". Winnipeg Tribune, 1957.
  • Neil Bingham, A Study of the Church Buildings in Manitoba of the Congregational, Methodist, Presbyterian and United Churches of Canada. (Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Recreation, Historic Resources, 1987).