Postal Station “B”
Postal Station B, Osbourne Community Correctional Centre
Postal Station B, Centre Correctionnel de la communauté d'Osbourne
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
Postal Station “B”, a large stone and brick building with classical detailing, is situated on a corner lot in downtown Winnipeg. The prominent design of the flat-roof building was inspired by the Renaissance style. It is distinguished by the classical ordering of the principal façades which feature a rusticated stone first floor and brick second floor topped with a projecting metal cornice and brick parapet trimmed in stone. The designation is confined to the footprint of the building.
Postal Station “B”is a Recognized Federal Heritage Building because of its historical associations, and its architectural and environmental value.
Postal Station “B”is associated with the increased spending of the federal government on new facilities in Winnipeg. Responding to the rapid growth of the city and the tremendous increase in business being handled by existing postal stations, the government decided to erect Postal Station B. Since 1917 it has housed a post office and provided expanded services to a growing community.
Postal Station “B” is a good example of a federal government building built in the Renaissance style with classically inspired details, as evidenced in the architecture of the two façades, which face the street and are linked by the former main entrance. The classical ordering of the façades is distinguished by the high quality craftsmanship, in particular the masonry work.
Postal Station “B” reinforces the civic character of its setting surrounded by commercial structures, and adjacent to a residential district. It is a conspicuous building in its neighbourhood.
Kate MacFarlane, Postal Station B, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Federal Heritage Building Review Office Building Report, 88-110; Postal Station B, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Heritage Character Statement, 88-110.
The character-defining elements of Postal Station “B” should be respected.
Its Renaissance style with classically inspired details, and high quality craftsmanship, for example:
-the classical order of the symmetrical façades that includes the rusticated stone first floor, the brick second floor, and a projecting metal cornice and brick parapet trimmed in stone;
-the well-executed masonry work, notably the rusticated work, the stone quoins of the upper floor and the brickwork;
-the window treatment and arrangement.
The manner in which Postal Station “B” reinforces the civic character of its setting and is a conspicuous landmark in its neighbourhood, as evidenced by:
-its large scale and distinctive classical design which make Postal Station B a prominent structure in the mixed commercial/ residential neighbourhood;
-its central location and community function which makes it familiar in the area.
Government of Canada
Treasury Board Heritage Buildings Policy
Recognized Federal Heritage Building
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Post Office
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
National Historic Sites Directorate, Documentation Centre, 5th Floor, Room 89, 25 Eddy Street, Gatineau, Quebec
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