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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wesley College / United College / University of Winnipeg (505 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg)

In 1888, Wesley College was established as a facility of the Methodist faith in Manitoba, in affiliation with the University of Manitoba, in a building on Main Street. Eight years later, a two-storey stone college building was erected along Portage Avenue and officially opened at a ceremony on 3 June 1896. An annex, designed by architect J. H. G. Russell and built in 1912, was later renamed Sparling Hall in commemoration of founding college Principal J. W. Sparling. In 2007, the restoration project for the old Wesley College building, a municipally-designated historic site that is now Wesley Hall at the University of Winnipeg, received a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg. In 2018, the Leatherdale Hall construction project received a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg.





Joseph Walter Sparling (1843-1912)


Andrew Stewart (1851-1925) - Acting


John Henry Riddell (1863-1952)





Carl Nelson Halstead (1896-1957)


Olafur Thordur Anderson (c1891-1958)


Gordon Blake

Photos & Coordinates

Postcard view of Wesley College

Postcard view of Wesley College (circa 1910)
Source: Rob McInnes, WP0832.

Wesley College building

Wesley College building (2007)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89073, W97.15332
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

MHS Centennial Organization: University of Winnipeg

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba College / St. Paul’s College (Ellice Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. John’s College (University of Manitoba)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Wesley College War Memorial

Some Old Winnipeg Buildings by Randy Rostecki
MHS Transactions, Series 3, Number 29, 1972-1973 Season


“Opened with éclat,” Manitoba Free Press, 4 June 1896, page 1.

Wesley Hall, University of Winnipeg, 515 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, October 1997.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 January 2020

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