Named for the noted British Prime Minister, the first Gladstone School was built near this site in 1898 in the classic manner of the large old public schools; it was demolished when the second Gladstone elementary school opened here in 1962.
Unique in Winnipeg, Gladstone School has both a stylish and artistic modern design and remarkable integrity to its period.
The school is not large, originally 15 rooms plus the multi-purpose room/gym on the south end along with the administration space and washrooms; its footprint is a simple rectangle with a two-storey superstructure in concrete and steel along a double-loaded corridor
It is the wall finishing that sets this design apart for sheltered beneath its wide white overhang is a series of four identical mosaic murals in the horizontal space between the first and second floors of the classrooms bays; the tiles form a geometric pattern in a lively pallet of blue, white, yellow and black; the two long east and west walls are both fully finished this way
The walls behind are grey brick and the windows in each bay are patterned with large and small vertical multi-paned openings with white trim; the gym wing and end walls are plain brick.
The entrance bay is offset left on the facade and features a wonderfully wavy roof canopy; there is a separate entrance vestibule on the north side; the overall effect of the effect details makes for a cheerful but not cloying appearance.
There is a mural on the north side wall that lets onto the playground and a City wading pool.