Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Royal School

Address:450 Laxdal Road
Original Use:Educational
Other Work:Additions (1954, 1963, 1969)
Architects:Northwood and Chivers
Roy M. Lev (1963)
Pratt and Lindgren Snider Tomcej and Associate (1969)

More Information

Royal is an elementary school with enrolment at 189 students, some in its before-and-after daycare program; it was a dual-track French-English school from 1983 to 2001 when École Dieppe took over the role as the areas French-only school. This school began as the same plan as Dieppe, also opened in 1952 to a design by Northwood and Chivers.

Design Characteristics

  • Like its Charleswood neighbourhood, this building has seen a great deal of change and growth; the earliest sections of the school fact east to Laxdal Road; these are from 1952 and 1954, seamless in a low, simple design of one storey, double-loaded corridor with stucco where windows once were; this side has two sets of entrance doors with the one on the south transitioning the addition that turned the corner onto Grant Avenue
  • The 1960 corner classroom block and 1963 gym and classroom block along the south side were the work of another young architect who put his own stamp on the design and opened another entrance; it is clearly a sixties design although mannerly to the older school style
  • A second larger gym was added on the west end in 1969 and another classroom wing was added at the rear, continuing the red brick established by previous construction