Roslyn Court on Osborne Street in Winnipeg is one of Canada’s finest apartment buildings in the Queen Anne Revival style. Popular between 1880 and 1914, this style is characterized by asymmetrical composition, contrasting colours and textures, and strikingly varied rooflines. Designed by local architect William Wallace Blair and constructed in 1909 by the firm of Mills and Shepley, the five-storey brick and stone structure measured 128 feet by 100 feet and contained 36 apartments.
Today, the building retains many of its original interior features such as wood panelling, mouldings, stained glass, and fireplaces. In 1986, a plaque was erected in front of the block by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. It is also a municipally-designated historic site. In 2016, a renovation project in the building received a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg.
Roslyn Court Apartments (June 2017)
Source: George Penner
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.88022, W97.14648
denoted by symbol on the map above
Memorable Manitobans: William Wallace Blair (1852-1916)
Manitoba Business: Mills and Shepley / Shepley Construction Company
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Plaques for Persons, Events and Sites of National Historic Significance
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites
Historic Sites of Manitoba: Roslyn Court (701 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg)
City of Winnipeg Building Permit 1523/1908, City of Winnipeg Archives.
“To contractors,” Winnipeg Tribune, 30 November 1908, page 5.
City of Winnipeg Building Permit 229/1909, City of Winnipeg Archives.
Preparation of this page was supported, in part, by the Gail Parvin Hammerquist Fund of the City of Winnipeg.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 26 February 2024
Historic Sites of Manitoba
This is a collection of historic sites in Manitoba compiled by the Manitoba Historical Society. The information is offered for historical interest only.
Inclusion in this collection does not confer special status or protection. Official heritage designation may only come from municipal, provincial, or federal governments. Some sites are on private property and permission to visit must be secured from the owner.
Site information is provided by the Manitoba Historical Society as a free public service only for non-commercial purposes.
Send corrections and additions to this page
to the MHS Webmaster at email@example.com.
Help us keep history alive!