The Future of 219 Provencher and 212 Dumoulin

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Saint-Boniface City Hall, 1938.
(Courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Manitoba)
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We know that members of the francophone community cherish the buildings located at 219 Provencher Blvd. (Saint-Boniface City Hall) and 212 Dumoulin St. (Saint-Boniface Fire Hall No. 1). These buildings are symbols of francophone culture and history.

City offices are no longer needed in these buildings and we are asking the community to help determine their future.


Saint-Boniface City Hall, 1938.
(Courtesy of the Provincial Archives of Manitoba)
Cette page est également disponible en français. This webpage is also available in French.


We know that members of the francophone community cherish the buildings located at 219 Provencher Blvd. (Saint-Boniface City Hall) and 212 Dumoulin St. (Saint-Boniface Fire Hall No. 1). These buildings are symbols of francophone culture and history.

City offices are no longer needed in these buildings and we are asking the community to help determine their future.


Tell your story

Places are significant because they hold meaning for people. Meaning is built through connection and stories. 

219 Provencher and 212 Dumoulin hold many stories of culture and history. Why are these places important to you? Tell us a story about the Saint-Boniface Fire Hall or City Hall and what makes them special to you.

Note: Please do not include personal or identifying information in your story. Stories will be posted publicly in both French and English on this website. Stories submitted in French will be translated and posted in English. Stories submitted in English will be translated and posted in French.

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    3 months ago

    Hello,

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