Historic Sites of Manitoba: Chesed Shel Emes Chapel (1023 Main Street, Winnipeg)

This building on Main Street in Winnipeg was constructed in 1905 as a private residence for druggist Matthew Ruckle whose business was located at 962 Main Street. He occupied the house until 1908. In 1913, the house was renovated and turned into a hat shop and tailor, becoming a residence again in the 1920s.

In 1930, the house underwent extensive alterations designed by local architect Max Zev Blankstein to convert it into Chesed Shel Emes Chapel, the first Jewish mortuary and funeral home in Winnipeg. An addition in 1933 was made by contractor H. Zelbrovity, with further work in 1939 and 1941 adding the south and west portions of the existing structure. In 1947, a large brick-clad addition was constructed on the north side.

The original 1905 house was demolished in 2020 to make room for a new addition to the building.

Chesed Shel Emes Chapel

Chesed Shel Emes Chapel (August 2018)
Source: George Penner

Chesed Shel Emes Chapel

Chesed Shel Emes Chapel (May 2022)
Source: Jordan Makichuk

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.91366, W97.13180
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Max Zev Blankstein (1873-1931)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 3241/1933, City of Winnipeg Archives.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1509/1939, City of Winnipeg Archives.

City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1283/1941., City of Winnipeg Archives.

House (Chesed Shel Emes Chapel), 1023 Main Street by Murray Peterson, Peterson Projects, February 2009.

Chesed Shel Emes Chapel (demolished), Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

1023 Main Street - Chesed Shel Emes by Christian Cassidy, Winnipeg Places, 7 March 2020.

This page was prepared by George Penner and Jordan Makichuk.

Page revised: 26 March 2023

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