Garden City, Winnipeg
Garden City is a neighbourhood in the northern part of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Starting in 1955, the area was developed as an upscale master planned community during the post-World War II housing boom, with most of the houses constructed in the mid-century modern style. The area features large homes and residential lots, numerous parks and schools, and includes the popular Garden City Shopping Centre. It has a land area of 2.32 square kilometres, with the population growing to 6,045 as of 2011. The garden themes are continued throughout the development, with many floral inspired street names including Buttercup Avenue, Daffodil Street and Tulip Road.
The suburb was developed by Model Homes Limited, which estimated a cost of $20 million to develop the nearly 420 acre master planned community. Plans for the project were first announced in 1951, with construction beginning in 1955.The area's boundaries are the CPR Winnipeg Beach subdivision to the east, Carruthers Avenue to the south, McPhillips Street to the west, and Leila Avenue to the north. Prior to the City of Winnipeg's amalgamation in 1972, the neighbourhood made up a large portion of the former City of West Kildonan.
Model Homes Limited's plans for the development featured 1,500 homes, a shopping centre, six schools, churches, synagogues, parks and recreation areas. The area was marketed as the leading Winnipeg area suburb, featuring above average sized lots and larger homes. Expectations were that the building of Garden City would raise the population of the former City of West Kildonan from 14,000 to 20,000.
The Garden City development is a showcase for mid-century modern architecture, with most of the homes in the area designed in a modernist-influenced ranch-style. Popular design elements include clean lines, large windows, carports and breeze block detailing and fencing. Many of the homes have retained these original features and the area has continued to grow in popularity with the resurgence of mid-century modern design.
The area is home to a large portion of Winnipeg's Jewish community. Numerous synagogues, organizations, retirement homes and businesses catering to the Jewish community can be found throughout Garden City and the surrounding West Kildonan area. The neighbourhood also has many residents from Winnipeg's Ukrainian, German and Polish communities. Schools in the area feature both Hebrew and Ukrainian bilingual programs.
Points of Interest
Garden City is a part of the Seven Oaks School Division, and includes the following schools:
- Forest Park School
- R.F. Morrison School (features Ukrainian bilingual program)
- H.C. Avery School (features Hebrew and Ukrainian bilingual programs)
- Collicutt School
- Garden City Collegiate (features French Immersion program)
- Met School - Garden City
- Faith Academy Middle School
- Garden City Community Centre
- Garden City Soccer Complex
- Seven Oaks Arena
Other points of interest
- Garden City Shopping Centre
- Northgate Shopping Centre
- Chevra Mishnayes Synagogue
- Ten Ten Sinclair
- Mom's Perogy Factory
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- Winnipeg Census Information (2011)
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- Seven Oaks School Division