The rear of the building at this site in St. Boniface is all that remains of the original St. Boniface College building, which was built in stages between 1880 and 1902 on a design by architect Balston C. Kenway. It burned on 25 November 1922, killing ten people and completely destroying the remaining parts of the building, leaving the kitchen wing intact. In March 1929, the structure was transformed into a chapel. In the 1940s, the building was renovated to become the first French-language station, CKSB, which began broadcasting on 27 May 1946. A French-only plaque on the front grounds, erected by the St. Boniface Historical Society in November 1982, describes the history of the site.
View of St. Boniface College before the 1922 fire (no date)
Source: Rob McInnes
St. Boniface College fire commemorative plaque (June 2017)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough
Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89104, W97.11836
denoted by symbol on the map above
Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Boniface College / Universite de Saint-Boniface (200 Avenue de la Cathedrale, Winnipeg)
Manitoba Organization: St. Boniface College
Information for this page was provided by The City of Winnipeg’s Planning, Property and Development Department, which acknowledges the contribution of the Government of Manitoba through its Heritage Grants Program.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 9 May 2023
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