Canafornian

Canafornian

Posted on 01/13/2016


Photo taken on January 10, 2016


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WP2022 WPG - ST B - HOTEL ST. BONIFACE ST BONIFACE HOTEL

WP2022 WPG - ST B - HOTEL ST. BONIFACE  ST BONIFACE HOTEL
POSTCARD

Date: Not evident. Unposted.

Publisher / Photographer: Lyall Commercial.

Notation: I have had some difficulty finding information on this building/business. The 1911 Henderson Directory has its address as 21-27 Notre Dame Avenue, St. Boniface. No such number exists today. Notre Dame begins at Tache - running east, with house numbers in the 100s.

Checking with Hatheway's map of Winnipeg in 1911, it is evident that Notre Dame originally ran straight through Tache to the river bank - land now repurposed as Parc Joseph Royal.

Given that the odd numbers on Tache are on the north side, it is likely that the St. Boniface Hotel was as well. In fact, I am pretty sure that it sat at the NW corner of Tache & Notre Dame.

Back to the image on the postcard... I believe that the paved street on the right side of the picture was likely Tache and the dirt street on the left would have been Notre Dame.

10 comments - The latest ones
wintorbos
wintorbos
So was it later rebuilt as the current St. Boniface Hotel at Dumoulin and St-Joseph, a block away? Or was the (rather obvious and generic) name just re-used?

I remember there was a Winnipeg city councillor named Betty Ireton in the 1970s ... maybe a relative of the owner.
19 months ago.
Canafornian
Canafornian
I really haven't had much success at finding out about the building online. I may have to resort to a trip to the library or Archives.
19 months ago.
Canafornian
Canafornian
Also, thanks for that interesting Ireton connection.
19 months ago.
wintorbos
wintorbos
The Tribune yielded up the following:

1913 - sold for $18,000 and then advertised for sale in October for "whatever can reasonably be gotten".
1917 - hotel advertised, located at corner of Notre Dame and Tache
1918 - St. Boniface Hotel on Notre Dame, described as a notorious drinking spot (or "thirst emporium"), converted into a convent (due to prohibition - the Tribune found this quite amusing)
1920 - a hotel, described as "the large C.N.R. hotel" at corner of Tache and Dumoulin sold to Club Belge, to be renovated for club purposes [this was a different hotel, I guess]
1928 - owner George Ireton retires, according to his obituary from 1949
1930 - St. Boniface Hotel described as located at 171 Dumoulin, presumably where it is today
1949 - hotel sold to Charlie Krupp of the Radio Oil Co. (remember the "ROCO" gas stations?)
1949 - Ireton dies

I didn't see the missing link between the two hotels by this name ... it looks as though Ireton owned them both, so they would have been the same business. But I didn't see any reference to the opening of the second hotel at 171 Dumoulin. No doubt it's there somewhere.
19 months ago.
wintorbos
wintorbos
Okay - the Free Press adds quite a bit. The 171 Dumoulin location was called the Jean Block when it was built c. 1880. It was a boys' school in the 1880s until the school relocated to St. Boniface College and then became apartments. Around 1912-13, it became the St. George Hotel and was re-named the St. Boniface Hotel in the 1920s. This is according to a Free Press article from October 28, 1970, on which morning the Hotel burned to the ground. The building that it occupies now must be the replacement. So maybe the story was that Ireton bought the St. George and renamed it the St. Boniface at some point after the original St. Boniface, in your photo, had been sold to the nuns.
19 months ago.
Canafornian
Canafornian
Wow! Great info.Thanks for all that work!
19 months ago.
wintorbos
wintorbos
I was like a man possessed!
19 months ago.
Canafornian
Canafornian
(... and I am glad he was!)
19 months ago.
Time Fades Away
Time Fades Away
Looking at the 1916 Henderson's Directory, on page 1672, it lists the hotel as being on the NE corner of Tache and Notre Dame. The 1959 fire insurance plan of St. B (on the Manitoba Maps Flickr) shows a 3 story building that looks the same shape as this one on the NE corner labelled as "Monastery of the Precious Blood" which would be consistent with the conversion discussed above.
10 months ago.
Canafornian
Canafornian
In 1918 it became the Convent of the Precious Blood. By the 1960's, it was a rooming house.
6 months ago.