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History of St. Matthews

Heritage Buildings

St. Matthews was part of the City of Winnipeg when it amalgamated with the surrounding municipalities to form the City of Winnipeg which came into legal existence on January 1, 1972.

The St. Matthews neighbourhood is the heart of Winnipeg's West End, an extensive residential district stretching dozens of blocks north of Portage Avenue. Much of its development occurred after 1900 when the City's rapid population increase forced the surveying of new residential streets and the construction of thousands of new homes. Like elsewhere, the West End relied heavily on single-family dwellings but as the first decade of the 20 th century progressed, apartment blocks were also an important structure in neighbourhood's building stock. A unique development feature of the West End was the high concentration of Icelanders settling there. Although Icelandic families had called Winnipeg home since the 1880s, it was the early 1900s that saw extensive immigration. Businesses, churches, social organizations all grew as the streets filled with these new families. Over time, this concentration lessened but the area's history and development is intimately connected to this group and they had a lasting effect on the development of the City as a whole.