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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Roslyn Court Apartments National Historic Site is a five-storey, 37-suite, red brick apartment building prominently located at the corner of Roslyn Road and Osborne Street in Osborne Village, Winnipeg.
Roslyn Court Apartments was designated a national historic site in 1991 as a fine example of the Queen Anne Revival style and turn-of-the-century apartment design.
The heritage value of this site resides in its illustration of the Queen Anne Revival style as used for apartment building design in Canada in the early twentieth century.
Roslyn Court Apartments, built in 1909, was designed by Winnipeg architect William Wallace Blair. It is one of the few early 20th century apartment buildings that still retains its original interior features.
Source: HSMBC Minute, March 1991, July 1999; Commemorative Integrity Statement
The key elements that relate to the heritage value of this site include:
- the asymmetrical massing comprised of advancing and receding vertical elements of the composition;
- the lively, picturesque roofline with varied features including chimneys, gables, dormers, and conical projections;
- the use of historical references in the design (pillar-like protruding blocks topped by classically shaped ends that are irregular in form, allusion to a roof tower, prominent chimneys, palladio-like flat expanses with square arches, main door topped by an arched pediment and flanked by faux pillars);
- high quality materials (brick, stone, tile, copper, hardwoods and clay tile on the roof);
- the richness of material colour and texture contrasts (striated limestone foundation in rusticated and smooth layers, rich red brick walls, contrasting smooth stone trim, red clay roof tiles, flat glass expanses);
- intact, rich original interior elements (wood panelling, plasterwork, mouldings, stained glass, fireplaces, maple hardwood flooring, copper elevator);
- aspects of the design that support a high quality early 20th century lifestyle (interior courtyard, light wells, fireplaces, built-in furniture);
- its setting as a landmark in its neighbourhood, Osborne Village.
Government of Canada
Historic Sites and Monuments Act
National Historic Site of Canada
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
Function - Category and Type
- Multiple Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Canadian Inventory of Historic Building Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 25, 25 Eddy Street, Hull, Quebec
Cross-Reference to Collection
Roslyn Court Apartments
Roslyn Court Apartments, a five-storey building of brick, reinforced concrete and stone built in 1908-09, is on the south side of the Assiniboine River at the edge of Winnipeg's…