Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Ralph Maybank School

Address:20 Donnelly Street
Original Use:Education
Other Work:Additions in 1958, 1967, and 1996
Architects:Libling Michener Diamond and Associates
Libling Michener (1958)
Ward and Macdonald Associates (1964)
Firms:Libling Michener Diamond and Associates, Libling Michener (1958), Ward and Macdonald Associates (1964)
Engineers:Original design architect and engineer was Donald Ross
Contractors:Peter Leitch Construction
P. Krauss, engineer with contractor Jos. E. Bziere (1958)

More Information

Ralph Maybank Elementary began as a small 10-classroom school in a fully modern style early in school construction in 1956; it came from a young architectural firm eager to use an entirely new design with no historical references.

It was first called Grandin School and the street in front was Jaffrey, not Donnelly Street.

Design Characteristics

  • With the two earliest sections set perpendicularly on the southwest corner of the site, the new school was made of concrete block faced with brick; the steel frame was frankly exposed at the top of the wall and corners as well as in the trim around the windows, some of which survive in a strip along the west side; the look was clean and wholly uncluttered
  • The main entrance was fixed at the crux of the L shape, where it remains, with an angular canopy and recessed doors leading to halls running straight in either direction
  • The small school grew with its neighbourhood into a large school, first along its facade continuing the the established style and then to the back in a U shape where further additions strayed entirely from the original look
  • The centre of the U provides the paved play area at the rear and a decent-sized yard reaches east