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Argyle Alternative School

Address:30 Argyle Street
Use:Education
Original Use:Education
Constructed:1951
Other Work:Large addition much later after original construction date
Architects:Winnipeg School Division, In-house
Contractors:Wallace and Aikins, Ltd.

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Argyle School honours Sir John Douglas Sutherland Campbell, Duke of Argyle, Marquis of Lorn and Governor-General of Canada

This is a small school tucked into a triangular site by the northbound ramp of the Disraeli Freeway.

First built in 1881, it was then replaced in 1895 and again in 1951; in deference to the 'cottage-type' construction and design of the previous Argyle School, a modern design with some traditional elements was used here.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:South Point Douglas
  • The oldest portion fronts square to the street in a simple rectangle with a steel frame and a gently-pitched gable roof, abundant windows and red brick walls; a namestone was set over the remaining east entrance
  • A second block on the west side was set at a right angle that continued the same scale and similar design, single storey with a flat roof and a lovely curved end that turns with the street and continues its flat wall in a brightly painted mural
  • White window trim and a deep green roof band bounce lively with the red brick