Some of Winnipeg's most eye-catching buildings were designed by Franco-Manitoban architect Etienne Gaboury, one of Canada's most acclaimed architects.
The 82-year-old architect has conceived more than 300 projects, many award-winning, and a number of them in the far corners of the world. In 2010 he became a member of the Order of Canada.
Old Police Station in St. Boniface (CBC)
On June 27th it was reported that the St. Boniface Police Station that he designed in 1963 is up for sale. The plan is that the modernist structure will be demolished and turned into a multi-family residence.
SCENE got to thinking about some of Gaboury's other distinctive designs in Winnipeg. Tourisme Riel
publishes a walking guide of Old Saint-Boniface that includes more than 20 of his structures. Another 20 or so buildings are sprinkled elsewhere in the city.
St. Boniface Cathedral (Tourisme Riel)
Here are some of his most iconic:St. Boniface Cathedral
- After the devastating fire of 1968, Gaboury designed a new modern cathedral to be placed within the existing shell, built in 1972. The new stained glass windows are from 1983.Precious Blood Church
is one of his most striking creations. This
church, built in 1967 at 200 Kenny St. in St. Boniface, constructed
largely of wood, is a sweeping spiral structure resembling an Indian
teepee. The upward form is also meant to represent the movement of the church community towards
Esplanade Riel and Provencher Bridge
Esplanade Riel (Tourisme Riel)
- One of Gaboury's most
remarkable achievements, the bridge dramatically links Winnipeg's downtown with St. Boniface, the city's French Quarter and is now a Winnipeg icon.
The Royal Canadian Mint
dominates the western edge of the city. A crystalline pyramid in an oasis of green, its luminous form reflects peacefully onto the surrounding moat. It's a Winnipeg landmark, to be sure.
Architect Etienne Gaboury (CBC)