Given their utilitarian nature and need for constant upgrades and renovation, hospitals are overlooked as places of interesting architecture and beautiful spaces.
Should you find yourself spending time at the HSC, take a walk around the sprawling site and adjacent U of M Bannatyne Campus for some interesting and unique buildings.
Take the Health Sciences Centre, for example. A walk around the area presents a dizzying array of architecture ranging from the late 1800s to early 2000s. As the hospital has been added to in concentric layers you sometimes have to look in the nooks and crannies see past details.
My featured indoor space this time around is the chapel at St. Boniface Hospital. As with Misericordia, the chapel is in one of the oldest parts of the complex, ca.1908 and is quite a beautiful space.
Located on the second floor of the C Wing, the chapel is open 24 hours a day. Another space to escape the sometimes chaotic world of the modern hospital.
Winnipeg General Hospital Winnipeg Time Machine
Urban Myths: St. Boniface General Hospital CBC
Former Brandon Mental Health Centre site West End Dumplings
June 2011 Update: Misericordia Chapel under demolition