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Women's Tribute Memorial Lodge

200 Woodlawn Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, R3J, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2005/09/27

Primary elevations, from the southwest, of the Women's Tribute Memorial Lodge, Winnipeg, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2007
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Detail view of crest and title of the Women's Tribute Memorial Lodge, Winnipeg, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2007
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Corner detail of the Women's Tribute Memorial Lodge, Winnipeg, 2007; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2007
Detail

Other Name(s)

Women's Tribute Memorial Lodge
Deer Lodge Centre
Women's Tribute Building
Centre de Deer Lodge
Bâtiment d'hommage aux femmes

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1931/01/01 to 1931/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2008/02/14

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The two-storey Women's Tribute Memorial Lodge, a masonry structure completed in 1931, stands on a busy west Winnipeg street corner next to Deer Lodge Centre, a rehabilitation and long-term care facility. The provincial designation applies to the building and the land on which it sits.

Heritage Value

The Women's Tribute Memorial Lodge is a modest Art Deco-style community hall that commemorates the service of Manitobans during the First World War. Built next to the Deer Lodge Military Hospital, the facility's auditorium, clubrooms, offices and Memorial Room of Silence provided veterans with a place for meeting, recreation and remembrance. Its design by architects G.W. Northwood and C.W.U. Chivers, both decorated veterans, reflects the simplicity and functionalism associated with the Modern Movement through its geometric form, sharply defined lines and limited low-relief ornamentation. Subsequently incorporated into a movement disorders clinic, the transformed lodge remains a visually striking local landmark on one of Winnipeg's most important streets.

Source: Manitoba Heritage Council Meeting Minutes, October 20, 1990

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the landmark character of the Women's Tribute Memorial Lodge site include:
- its location at the southeast corner of the Deer Lodge Centre grounds
- the building's placement near public sidewalks with its south elevation facing across Portage Avenue, a major thoroughfare, to the Assiniboine River and Assiniboine Park

Key exterior elements that define the building's Art Deco style include:
- the two-storey geometric form, symmetrically organized, with a stepped-back upper level, two flat rooflines and sharply defined edges on corners and features
- the straightforward use of materials and finishes, including the concrete base, plain buff-coloured brick walls laid in the running bond method with alternating headers and stretchers, modest brick and concrete detailing, etc.
- the stepped concrete banding element, with distinct horizontal lines, that runs around the top of the main volume
- the prominent centred south pavilion containing three high inset bays, each lit by a three-part window set, and low-relief geometric and shield details executed in concrete at the roofline, including Manitoba's coat of arms
- the front (east) elevation's plain brick and concrete staircase and rectangular-framed entrance containing double wooden doors topped by a glass transom, low-relief ornamentation and a concrete provincial coat of arms
- the fenestration, including tall narrow single and three-part windows on the main volume and large rectangular openings on the stepped-back upper level

Key elements that recall the building's function as a memorial hall include:
- the name 'WOMENS TRIBUTE MEMORIAL LODGE' inscribed in large concrete letters in the south pavilion's upper band
- cut stone panels with the dates '1914' and '1919' surrounded by wreaths on the south elevation

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Manitoba

Recognition Authority

Province of Manitoba

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Provincial Heritage Site

Recognition Date

2005/09/27

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Community Organizations

Function - Category and Type

Current

Health and Research
Hospital or Other Health Care Institution

Historic

Community
Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club

Architect / Designer

C.W.U. Chivers

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Main Floor, 213 Notre Dame Avenue Winnipeg MB

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

P120

Status

Published

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