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Wesley College
(University of Winnipeg)

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Advanced education in Manitoba was spearheaded by church institutions. Earliest among them were St. Boniface College (Roman Catholic, 1818), St. John’s College (Anglican, 1866), and Manitoba College (Presbyterian, 1871). When the University of Manitoba was established in 1877, it became the provincial examining authority, but teaching remained the prerogative of the affiliated denominational colleges.

Wesley College (Wesleyan Methodist) incorporated in 1877, and the first classes opened in the fall of 1888 in Grace Church on Notre Dame Avenue. As enrolment expanded, the college moved to rented facilities on Albert Street, and in 1890 to a converted house at Broadway and Edmonton Street. The college eventually selected a permanent location in West Winnipeg on the Spence Estate near Manitoba College. By March 1894, construction was underway on a combined classroom, office and dormitory building designed by local architects George Browne and Samuel Frank Peters. Students first occupied the facility in January 1896. A formal opening ceremony followed in June.





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Year Built Heritage Status Date Material Floors/Square footage
1896 NA Raised limestone foundation, load-bearing brick walls, and an interior wood and brick superstructure. 4 storeys

Original Use Present Use Address Architect
College University 515 Portage Avenue George Browne and S.F. Peters, 1894-95


Additional Info
University of Winnipeg web site.


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