Winnipeg Architecture Foundation

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Buildings

Grosvenor School

Address:1045 Grosvenor Avenue
Use:Educational
Other Work:Addition in 1959
Architects:Winnipeg School Division, In-house
Contractors:Louis Ducharme and Associates Ltd. (1959)

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Crescentwood
  • Although this is a small addition, it is both innovative and significant to the altered design of the lovely old Grosvenor School, which opened in 1922
  • The new gym for the elementary school was placed on the top floor of the addition; two small rooms made up the space in the plinth with two-thirds of the footprint covered but open for play beneath; it is said to be 'on stilts'
  • A frame of structural steel permitted this; it is covered in the same red brick a the old school and continues the contrasting stone trim in painted steel, a respectful match with great style; it is wider than the old building so pushes out to the street beyond the original setback
  • Windows at the back to the lane repeat the look from the original