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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Joseph’s Convent / Académie Saint-Joseph / St. Joseph’s Academy (321 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg)

Located at 321 Avenue de la Cathedrale, across the street from Provencher School, the Académie Saint-Joseph was established by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1898 as a convent and girls’ school. The present structure, now used as a personal care facility, was designed by local architect Joseph-Azarie Senecal and completed in 1912. A marble monument in front of the building gives its history. There are also a plaque commemorating Gabrielle Roy, who received her early education at the school. In 2009, the building was recognized with a Heritage Winnipeg Preservation Award.

Among the teachers at Académie Saint-Joseph was Mary Leitch McColl (1906-1908, 1911).

Académie Saint-Joseph

Académie Saint-Joseph (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-2, page 74.

Académie Saint-Joseph

Académie Saint-Joseph (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Académie Saint-Joseph

Académie Saint-Joseph (October 2019)
Source: George Penner

Académie Saint-Joseph commemorative monument

Académie Saint-Joseph commemorative monument (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Gabrielle Roy Plaque

Gabrielle Roy Plaque (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): 49.89120, W97.11357
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Joseph-Azarie Senecal (1841-1917)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Marion School (619 Des Meurons Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Gabrielle Roy House (375 Deschambault Street, Winnipeg)

Sources:

Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.

St. Joseph's Academy, 321 de la Cathedrale Avenue by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2009.

We thank Nathan Kramer and George Penner for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 5 November 2020

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