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Historic Sites of Manitoba: West Kildonan Public Library and Cultural Centre / West Kildonan Library (365 Jefferson Avenue, Winnipeg)

Commissioned in commemoration of the 1967 Canadian centenary, this public library (also initially a cultural centre) was based on designs of architect George A. Stewart and was built by the local firm of John Miller & Sons for $187,466. The facility opened on 1 April 1967 and an opening ceremony was held on 24 June 1967. A commemorative plaque on the exterior of the building, now under the jurisdiction of the City of Winnipeg Public Library, marks the event.

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John Roman Solomon (1910-1985)


Nathan Nurgitz

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West Kildonan Library

West Kildonan Library (October 2015)
Source: Nathan Kramer

Site Location (lat/long): N49.93660, W97.12797
denoted by symbol on the map above


“W. K. Library meet,” Winnipeg Free Press, 29 April 1960, page 13.

“W. Kildonan Library?” Winnipeg Free Press, 14 October 1960, page 52.

“Suburbs ask voters to spend $2 million,” Winnipeg Free Press, 15 October 1960, page 3.

“Head Librarian,” Winnipeg Free Press, 17 March 1961, page 29.

“Steinkopf to open League Tea Sunday,” Winnipeg Free Press, 13 July 1963, page 28.

“West Kildonan Library opening,” Winnipeg Free Press, 10 June 1967, page 52.

Municipality of West Kildonan Council History 1960-1971, by Jim Smith.

This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.

Page revised: 26 December 2015

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