Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Mary’s School (St. Mary Avenue, Winnipeg)

A three-storey brick and stone school on St. Mary Avenue at Hargrave Street in Winnipeg, one block east of Alexandra School, was designed by architect Samuel Hooper and constructed between 1903 and 1904 by the Manitoba Construction Company. Administered by Catholic educators, the school operated until closing in 1968. A fire on 28 November 1969 sealed its fate and the building was demolished in 1971. The site is now occupied by a hotel.

Noteworthy alumni of St. Mary’s School include grain merchant William Richard Bawlf and politician Francis Laurence “Bud” Jobin.

Postcard view of St. Mary’s School and Church

Postcard view of St. Mary’s School and Church (circa 1910)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2011-0005

Postcard view of St. Mary’s School

Postcard view of St. Mary’s School (circa 1912)
Source: Rob McInnes, WP1300

St. Mary’s School

St. Mary’s School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.89000, W97.14355
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Hooper (1851-1911)

Manitoba Business: Kelly Brothers / Manitoba Construction Company / Kelly Brothers and Mitchell / Thomas Kelly and Sons

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Alexandra School (Edmonton Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carlton School / South Central School (Graham Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Mary’s Academy (Academy Road, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Mary’s School No. 451 (RM of Riding Mountain West)


City of Winnipeg Building Permit 956/1903, City of Winnipeg Archives.

This page was prepared by Reid Dickie and Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 April 2024

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