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North End Police Substation

200 Charles Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R2W, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1990/06/25

Primary elevations, from the northeast, of the North-End Police Substation, Winnipeg, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006
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Secondary elevations, from the northeast, of the North-End Police Substation, Winnipeg, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006
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Other Name(s)

E Division
North End Police Substation
Winnipeg Housing Rehabilitation Corp.

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Construction Date(s)

1911/01/01 to 1911/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/10/25

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The North-End Police Substation is a two-storey red brick and stone structure completed in 1911 on a street corner in one of Winnipeg's early residential neighbourhoods. The City of Winnipeg designation applies to the building on its footprint.

Heritage Value

The North-End Police Substation, a reserved and pragmatic institutional building, is the oldest original Winnipeg police facility still standing in the city. The structure, one of two 1910-11 substations designed by E.H. Rodgers, a city building inspector and former fire chief, recalls the first steps taken by law enforcement officials to decentralize their physical bases of operation in response to rapid population growth and the outward spread of development from the downtown core. The well-equipped North End facility, considered advanced for its time, housed jail cells, offices, search rooms, patrol wagons, horses and spaces for officer recreation. On the outside, the building's modest Neo-Classicism, characterized by smooth brick surfaces, generous fenestration and classic ornamentation, complemented its residential setting. The structure remained in police use until 1967 and now contains multiple-family rental housing.

Source: City of Winnipeg Committee on Planning and Community Services Meeting Minutes, June 25, 1990

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the North-End Police Substation site include:
- the building's conspicuous presence on the southwest corner of Charles Street and Magnus Avenue in a residential area of Winnipeg's North End

Key elements that define the substation's exterior heritage character and reserved Neo-Classical style include:
- the rectangular two-storey massing with the main east and north facades composed of red brick laid in a garden-wall pattern and the secondary facades of yellow brick
- the main elevations' strong horizontal lines provided by the raised smooth-cut limestone base, flat roof and classical details such as the rusticated main-floor brickwork, first- and second-storey entablatures, stone belt course below the second-floor sills and stone-capped brick parapet
- the subtle vertical lines formed by slightly projecting bays and second-storey brick pilasters with smooth-cut stone heads and bases
- the rectangular flat-headed openings throughout, including tall windows with limestone lug sills and on the upper level flat-arched heads with limestone keystones, and on the east side three large openings that mark the original main entrance and garage doors

Key elements that define the substation's internal details and finishes include:
- the formal rectangular plan
- the details, including the high ceilings throughout, the exposed brick basement walls, etc.




Recognition Authority

City of Winnipeg

Recognition Statute

City of Winnipeg Act

Recognition Type

Winnipeg Landmark Heritage Structure

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Governing Canada
Security and Law

Function - Category and Type


Multiple Dwelling


Police Station

Architect / Designer

E.H. Rodgers



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

15-30 Fort Street Winnipeg MB

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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