|Address:||6 Fermor Avenue|
|Architects:||George A. Stewart|
|Contractors:||Taubensee Construction Co. Ltd.|
|Tours:||Part of the QR Code Tour|
The first St. Vital Library operated from small rented quarters near the junction of St. Mary's and St. Anne's roads. In 1961, the City of St. Vital sold the present site to the Library Board for one dollar. The library at its present location was opened in 1963, and designed by Winnipeg architect George A. Stewart. According to the architect, the design was based on the need to create a building that was warm in feeling, distinctive in appearance and provocative and inviting to the general public.
The irregularly shaped property inspired the adoption of a circular floor plan, combined with a stepped-back rectilinear section. This design divided the building's program, with the public and administrative services dominating the centre of the plan, the children's wing to the left and the adult section on the opposing end. The limited property size required that the design have a useable basement level and a second storey, with mezzanine.