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Historic Sites of Manitoba: King George Isolation Hospital (Morley Avenue, Winnipeg)

The King George Isolation Hospital opened in 1914 for the care and treatment of patients with communicable diseases. For its time, it was considered one of the most modern isolation hospitals in the world. It was a key facility over the years for numerous epidemics, including the Spanish influenza epidemic of 1919 and the polio epidemic in the 1950s.

A four-storey, red brick residence for nurses at the hospital was designed by city architect Robert Edgar Davies and built between 1920 and 1921 by the construction firm of Carter-Halls-Aldinger.

By 1960, the focus of care had changed to chronic illness. The four-storey, two-winged building was demolished in 1999 to make room for Riverview Health Centre’s new complex.

A commemorative plaque and arch from the former King George Hospital is located on the grounds of the Riverview Health Centre in Winnipeg, near the original main entrance to the hospital building.

King George Hospital

King George Isolation Hospital (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7447, Album 1, Page 21.

Nurses’ Residence at King George Hospital

Nurses’ Residence at the King George Isolation Hospital (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7447, Album 1, Page 21.

King George Hospital Arch

King George Hospital commemorative arch and plaques (2010)
Source: City of Winnipeg

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.86832, W97.12013
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Robert Edgar Davies (1882-1959)

Manitoba Business: Carter-Halls-Aldinger

Historic Sites of Manitoba: King Edward Memorial Hospital / King George Isolation Hospital / Princess Elizabeth Hospital / Winnipeg Municipal Hospital (Morley Street, Winnipeg)

Manitoba Organization: Riverview Health Centre


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.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 June 2022

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