Home / Accueil

Nanton Estate Gates

229 Roslyn Road, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3L, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1981/09/14

Contextual view of the Nanton Estate Gates, Winnipeg, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006
Contextual View
Detail view of the posts of the Nanton Estate Gates, Winnipeg, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006
Detail view of the metal arches of the Nanton Estate Gates, Winnipeg, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006

Other Name(s)

Kilmorie Gates
Grille de Kilmorie
Nanton Estate Gates

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1900/01/01 to 1900/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/01/09

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Nanton Estate Gates, a curved limestone and wrought-iron structure erected in 1900, sit next to a public sidewalk and street in Winnipeg's Osborne Village neighbourhood. The City of Winnipeg designation applies to the structure.

Heritage Value

The Nanton Estate Gates are the oldest built components that remain from the once sprawling grounds and manor occupied by one of Western Canada's biggest developers and financiers, Sir Augustus M. Nanton. Influential in many fields, Nanton and the companies with which he was associated, notably the investment firm of Osler, Hammond and Nanton, became leaders in mortgage lending, brokerage services, and land, railroad and resource development across the Prairies. Befitting this success, Nanton established Kilmorie, a two-hectare estate and mansion designed by J.H.G. Russell on the Assiniboine River in Winnipeg. To announce this sumptuous, elegant property, well-known by the city's elite, massive wrought-iron gates and fencing, Classical Revival in style, were set between heavy limestone pillars and accompanied inside the formal grounds by a gatehouse, a rare feature among early local residences. The dignified landmark gates, now surrounded by modern high- and low-rise residential redevelopment, recall the era when the south side of the Assiniboine River across from downtown Winnipeg was a quasi-rural retreat containing the grand homes of prominent business and professional families.

Source: City of Winnipeg Committee on Environment Meeting Minutes, September 14, 1981

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the landmark Nanton Estate Gates site include:
- the gates' location on a quiet residential section of Roslyn Road in Winnipeg's Osborne Village, with the units fronting manicured grounds and flanking drive- and pathways

Key elements that define the gates' Classical Revival styling include:
- the curved alignment of stately limestone pillars interconnected by wrought-iron lengths atop limestone bases
- the centre unit consisting of two identical halves, each composed of a large wrought-iron gate hinged to a large pillar
- the smaller posts and runs of fencing stretching away from the centre, one holding a pedestrian gate, with the arrangement completed by quarter-circle fences radiating to a final, smaller post
- the supplementary outlying stand-alone pillars set apart from the main unit
- the details, including smooth-cut pillars with chamfered corners crowned with a globe atop a decorative mounting; the centre pillars' recessed panels and smaller engaged side posts topped by a large scroll; the wrought iron's elaborate geometric detailing, including circular and tendril motifs and layered patterns; the iron arch and ornate light fixture above the main gates; 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

Building Social and Community Life
Social Movements

Function - Category and Type




Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

15-30 Fort Street Winnipeg MB

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




Related Places



Advanced SearchAdvanced Search
Nearby Places