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General Vanier School

Address:18 Lomond Boulevard
Use:Education
Original Use:Education
Constructed:1961
Other Work:12 additional classrooms were constructed which were part of the original plan (1963)
Three classrooms and a gymnasium added on rear (1970)
Architects:Étienne Gaboury
Gaboury, Lussier, Sigurdson (1970)
Firms:E. J. Gaboury and Associates (1961)
Étienne J. Gaboury, Architect (1963)
Gaboury Lussier Sigurdson Architects (1970)
Contractors:Taubensee Construction Co. Ltd.

More Information

General Vanier School was designed by Étienne Gaboury in 1961. In 1963, the same firm was commissioned to design a 12-classroom addition for $149,700. In September of 1964, parents of more than one-hundred children living on nearby Bibeau Street, Betournay Street, and Dussault Avenue, complained to St. Boniface School Division Superintendent Brother J.H. Bruns. Their protest concerned a change in school boundaries that had forced their children to walk more than half-a-mile to General Vanier school, despite living a few blocks away from Collège Beliveau. Letters were also sent to the provincial Minister of Education, as well as their MLA, New Democrat Andrew. R. Paulley. The redrafting of the boundaries had been done to accommodate special French options at Beliveau School for children in Windsor Park and St. Boniface (for more information, see 296 Speers Road, Collège Beliveau). The issue was resolved by allowing students affected by the boundary change to re-enroll at Collège Beliveau. It was clear that most Windsor Park schools did not have space for all of the students in the development. Again, in 1970, Gaboury Lussier Sigurdson Architects added another addition, this time adding three more classrooms and a gymnasium. This project was contracted out to Taubensee Construction Co. Ltd. This addition is visible on the along the east side of the building, where the gymnasium is elevated, but not the surrounding classrooms.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Windsor Park
  • An elementary school, kindergarten to grade 8, with 290 students
  • A unified design from the same architects that is unique within the city and demonstrates great integrity.
  • Constructed in two storeys of concrete block, with a dark brown brick facing, the blocks are exposed as trim and on corner as quoins.
  • The most distinctive feature is red and white metal sunscreens over the many windows that provide lively patterning and bursts of colour across the facades.