VIEW-1446 | Manitoba College, Winnipeg, MB, 1884

Manitoba College, Winnipeg, MB, 1884
William McFarlane Notman
1884, 19th century
Silver salts on glass - Gelatin dry plate process
20 x 25 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
© McCord Museum
Keywords:  Architecture (8646) , educational (709) , Photograph (77678)
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Keys to History

Manitoba College (1871-1938) was one of the colleges that later joined together to become the University of Winnipeg. The building seen here was fairly new when this photograph was taken in 1884. Its architectural style incorporates Moorish towers, the mansard roofs of Second Empire France, fanciful chimneys and a riotous use of brick. Calling it ugly is too easy. Rather, it is exuberant, its brash energy reflecting the optimism of its builders, people who believed that the new province of Manitoba must have educational institutions that matched the prosperous future they knew was to come. The building was bought by the Roman Catholic archdiocese of Winnipeg in 1931 for St. Paul's College.

  • What

    This is Manitoba College, a fanciful and exuberant use of brick.

  • Where

    The college was in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The unusual architecture makes a striking statement.

  • When

    The photograph was taken in 1884. The building was still standing in 1931.

  • Who

    The imaginative architecture reflects the optimism of the prairie pioneers who built it.