Historic Sites of Manitoba: Detention Home / Detention Home School (189 Evanson Street, Winnipeg)
Located in Winnipeg, the Dention Home was a Salvation Army facility dedicated to straightening the path of wayward children (under 16 years of age) who were detained, incarcerated via Juvenile Court, or taken into protective custody. Rather that keep all child within jail quarters, the court sent children here instead and could compell parents of these children to pay for their maintenance. Originally located at 226 Simcoe Street, the Home first opened on 3 October 1908. In late 1910, a new three-storey structure was built at this site on Horne Street (now Evanson Street) at a cost of around $6,500. It was built by Andrew McBain and situated near the original site of Grace Hospital, another Salvation Army facility.
As part of the rehabilitation process, and to ensure that children here would not fall behind in their education during their detention, the Winnipeg School District operated classroom instruction here, known as the Detention Home School. Both the Detention Home and Detention Home School later relocated to the former Deaf and Dumb Institute.
Among the other teachers of the Detention Home School was T. O’Neill (1917-1918).
Photos & Coordinates
“Bad boys and girls will be cared for,” Manitoba Free Press, 14 October 1908, page 3.
“Children’s Detention Home,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 December 1908, page 8.
“Church to build big school house,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1910, page 5.
“Salvation Army is still dispensing timely cheer,” Winnipeg Tribune, 17 December 1910, page 60.
“Juvenile jumps from third story,” Winnipeg Tribune, 10 February 1911, page 1.
“Assignment of teachers for Winnipeg Schools which open on Sept. 15,” Winnipeg Tribune, 1 September 1911, page 9.
“City and general [Salvation Army appointments],” Manitoba Free Press, 24 February 1912, page 48.
“City and general [Welcome new Officers],” Manitoba Free Press, 15 March 1912, page 28.
“City schools staff assembling in Sept.,” Winnipeg Tribune, 29 August 1912, page 8.
“City and general [Salvationists farewell],” Manitoba Free Press, 7 October 1912, page 24.
“Opening of the Winnipeg public schools has been set for Monday next,” Winnipeg Tribune, 14 August 1913, pages 1 and 2.
“Here’s your teacher!” Winnipeg Tribune, 21 August 1914, page 6.
“School Board assigns teachers,” Winnipeg Tribune, 20 August 1915, page 9.
“Reduce staff of teachers at high schools Monday,” Winnipeg Tribune, 18 August 1916, pages 1 & 12.
“Boundaries of schools are named,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 24 August 1917, page 9.
“Complete plans to open schools Tuesday for 30,000 children,” Winnipeg Evening Tribune, 30 August 1918, page 14.
“Overcrowding homes and jail found by jury,” Winnipeg Tribune, 28 March 1923, page 10.
City of Winnipeg Building Permit 2507/1910, City of Winnipeg Archives.
Henderson’s Winnipeg and Brandon Directories, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, University of Alberta Libraries.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 13 January 2022