Holy Family Ukrainian Catholic Church

Address:1001 Grant Avenue
Use:Place of worship
Original Use:Place of worship
Architects:Radoslav Zuk
Firms:Zunic and Sobkowich Architects

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The 1001 Grant Avenue church, dedicated to the Holy Family, was constructed in 1963 by consulting architect Radoslav Zuk of the architectural firm Zunik Sobkowich Architects and won the prestigious Massey Medal the following year. Round arches of precast concrete, and a tripartite division command attention and reference architectural traditions of the Ukrainian community, albeit with a decidedly Modern take.

Open web steel joists, with a flat roof on steel decking sit atop walls of brick masonry, reinforced with steel. The nave of the structure is at a human scale, and is dimly lit relative to the tower, which rises dramatically over the sanctuary. Glazing on either end contrasts the virtually uninterrupted brick side walls. Interior finishes include plaster, wood paneling and a cedar plank ceiling.

Recognition and Awards

  • Massey Medal, 1964

Significant Dates

  • Early 1930s, Holy Family Parish organized
  • 1935, first church built on the corner of Lila and Scotland (served the parish between 1935-1947)

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Grant Park
  • Crosier and Greenberg (Structural Engineers)
  • Crowther, McKay and Associates (Mechanical and Electrical)


  • Architectural Review 138. (Nov. 1965): 365-367.
  • Serena Keshavjee. [Ed.] Winnipeg Modern: Architecture, 1945-1975. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 2006.
  • A.M. Kowcz-Baran. Ukrainian Catholic Churches of Winnipeg Archeparchy. Saskatoon: Archeparchy of Winnipeg, 1991.
  • RAIC Journal 41 (November 1964): 85.
  • Basil Rotoff. Monuments to Faith: Ukrainian Churches in Manitoba. Winnipeg: University of Manitoba, 1990.
  • Ukrainian Churches of Manitoba: A Building Inventory. (Winnipeg: Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Recreation, Historic Resources, 1987) 346.