Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Welgrove Apartments

Address:375 Wellington Crescent
Architects:James Donahue

More Information

The Welgrove Apartments, of 1955, exhibit a definitive modernist bent. Here, within a grid of concrete – whose structure is clearly manifested on all exterior facades – are placed expanses of glass and unembellished red brick. The latter material ties the building to its neighbourhood context. The overall arrangement is orderly and calm, with the extensive use of windows opening suites to the park-like and riverfront milieu. The mix of larger plate-glass windows and smaller horizontal strips of glazing recalls the work of the architect Donahue's professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, European Bahausler Marcel Breuer.

Design Characteristics

  • Structural grid of concrete
  • Large number of windows
  • Expanses unembellished red brick

Locations of Supporting Information

  • Graham, John W. Guide to the architecture of Greater Winnipeg. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1960.
  • Keshavjee, Serena. [Ed.] Winnipeg modern: architecture, 1945-1975. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2006.