Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. John’s Presbyterian Church / St. John’s United Church (250 Cathedral Avenue, Winnipeg)

This former Presbyterian church at the corner of Cathedral Avenue and Charles Street in Winnipeg was constructed between 1914 and 1923. The foundation was designed by local architect Ralph L. Smith in 1914 but outbreak of the First World War and the lack of adequate finances delayed erection of the superstructure until 1923.

The superstructure was designed by local architect John Hamilton Gordon Russell and constructed in 1923 by Pearson-Burleigh Limited at a cost of about $90,000. It became a United Church after the 1925 unification of Methodist, Presbyterian, and Congregational faiths in Canada.

The church was used until 1986 and the building was subsequently sold to a housing cooperative and converted to a housing units.

St. John's United Church

St. John’s United Church (April 2017)
Source: George Penner

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.92436, W97.12780
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Ralph L. Smith (1874-?)

Memorable Manitobans: John Hamilton Gordon Russell (1863-1946)


250 Cathedral Avenue - St. John's United Church,” City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings and Resources Committee, 1988.

This page was prepared by Jordan Makichuk, Gordon Goldsborough, and George Penner.

Page revised: 19 April 2022

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