Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Lavallee School

Address:505 St. Anne's Road
Original Use:Educational
Architects:Ward Macdonald and Partners

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Lavallee School is a kindergarten to Grade eight school. Its plan in 1973 was distinctive, with innovative use of interior space and a bold look outside. The interior was designed in three sections to incorporate many open air classrooms, loosely grouped around two age-distinctive library/resource centres and connected by a central area containing the administration area and the gymnasium. In its footprint, the building forms two segmented circles attached at an angle to a central rectangle, which makes for an interesting exterior with abundant angles and energy; the plan exploits its corner location. The walls are faced half in limestone and half in a matching pale stucco, with large squared openings painted dark and receding into shadow for good contrast. The yard is generous with a couple of portable classes at the rear and a large play structure at the side.

Design Characteristics

  • Limestone and matching pale stucco