Here's a late addition to my 2013 Local History Buff's Christmas Gift Guide: stained glass windows from Winnipeg's St. Matthew's Anglican Church. How does a sheaf of prairie wheat or a 1.5-metre-tall St. Paul rank in terms of a unique gift?
St. Matthew's Church has been part of the West End since 1896 and has been at St. Matthews Avenue and Maryland Street since 1913. A fire destroyed the 1913 building and the church was rebuilt in 1946-47. (You can read more about the history of St. Matthew's Church on my website: http://westenddumplings.blogspot.ca/ ).
At present, the church is in the final stages of becoming the West End Commons, a 26-unit apartment block that is being constructed inside the shell of the church. Many of the community services currently offered and a smaller St. Matthew's Church chapel will remain.
In order to reconfigure the building for its new use, a lot of the building's wonderful stained glass had to be removed and it is being sold off to help raise money for the conversion.
The windows were created around 1946-47 by Robert McCausland Ltd. of Toronto and range in size and price.
Some of the windows have been sold, and others have already been reinstalled in the east wall, where the new chapel will be situated.
Here are some of the items offered for sale:
Someone left the saint-making machine on all night and St. Matthew's needs to find them new homes. Choose from Peter, Paul, Andrew, Philip, Abraham, Moses, Isaiah and Amos. These are five feet in height.
Anyone who has renovated an old building knows there are always surprises inside the walls. At St. Matthew's, they found 10 of these century-old stained glass window panels behind the plaster. They have been restored and come with a $250 tax receipt.
For more information about the windows of St. Matthew's,
contact Cathy at 204-774-1846 or email@example.com