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David Livingstone School

Address:270 Flora Avenue
Use:Educational
Original Use:Educational
Constructed:1922
Other Work:Additions in 1957 and 1968
Architects:J.B.Mitchell (1922),
Winnipeg School Division, In-house(1968)
Contractors:Louis Ducharme and Associates, Ltd. (1957)

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The original David Livingstone elementary school, named for the famous British explorer of Africa who captivated the Victorian world with his adventures, is a large old brick building on the west side of this complex.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Lord Selkirk Park
  • David Livingstone Community School is named in honour of the greatest explorer-missionary in Africa of the 19th century. David Livingstone (1813-1873) was an explorer, a doctor, a philanthropist and a missionary hero who gave his life for Africa.
  • David Livingstone Community School opened in 1922consisting of 11 rooms. The architect was J.B. Mitchell, who was responsible for the design of many of Winnipeg's early schools. Additions and alterations occurred in 1956-58 and 1968. A single story addition was constructed to the north of the existing building which included kindergarten and nursery spaces, library, art room, gymnasium and administrative spaces.
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  • The 1968 addition on the northeast side is one storey, with a mansard roof design and walls of buff limestone.This is a purposefully blocky design where square shapes are repeated as a theme among the massing, the roof overhang and the openings.
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  • Assigned its own play structure tucked close to the back yard, the two school sections also share a good-sized yard with a community club