Precious Blood Parish Church of St. Boniface, Winnipeg, was designed in 1969 by Franco-Manitoban architect Étienne-Joseph Gaboury (born at Swan Lake, Manitoba April 24, 1930) at a cost of $397,000. This striking church is notable for its double spiral of wooden beams reaching to an oculus. Some have dubbed the “corkscrew church” for its spiraling cedar shake roof. Some say it looks like a teepee. Anyway, the shape of the roof is intended to represent the skyward movement of the church community towards God; this is particularly so when viewing upward from inside of the church which gives a sense of awe. The cross (crucifix) is located outside its main entrance, in form of the Greek letter “T”, with prolonged arms & without the body of Christ. The church is located in the intersection of Kenny St and Enfield Crescent (see map below for driving direction). The distinctive structure draws local and international visitors, including me. :D
Free tours of the church are available during summer time.
Interior Views of Precious Blood Parish Church
When I was there, the church was closed during Christmas holidays, so I didn’t have a chance to get in and take a peek. However, a collection of interior photos can be found at University of Manitoba Architecture/Fine Arts Library.
Map & Driving Direction
Exact location of Precious Blood Parish Church is indicated by Green Arrow on the following map. Church address: 200 Kenny street, Winnipeg, Manitoba R2H 2E4.
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