Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Marion School

Address:619 Des Meurons Street
Original Use:Educational
Other Work:Gym added in 1963
Architects:Smith Munn Carter
Firms:Smith Munn Carter

More Information

Marion School was designed by local architectural firm Smith Munn Carter Katelnikoff and constructed in 1950. The school was named after long-time Trustee and Chairman Joseph Alderic Marion. The 17-room school was built at a cost of $200,000 and was officially opened on Saturday, January 6, 1951. Both the Minister of Education, Honourable W. C. Miller, and then-Mayor, George C MacLean, attended.

The two-storey light brick structure was designed with a double loaded corridor of classrooms on either side. The many windows reflect a rhythmical layout, but each window has been substantially filled in, with only the lower portion retained. Despite this, the original look and intention of design endures.

The school was originally built as a public girls’ school and for some time, operated as a branch of St Joseph’s Academy, under the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary. In 1953-1954, an eight-classroom expansion was completed, and in 1963, a gym was added to the south end of the building.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Central St. Boniface
  • With a generous catchment area, the school is particularly large for its time (1950), two storeys in two asymmetrical sections in light brick joined at the main entrance, with a double-loaded corridor of classrooms on either side
  • The many windows reflect this rhythmical layout, but each has been substantially filled in so as only the lower portion is retained, yet the original look and intention of the design endures, clean and sparse
  • The gym added to the south end in 1963 may signify when the school became co-ed, and is finished in a grey brick
  • The yard backs onto the former St. Joseph's Academy high school (now a seniors' residence)