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Lord Roberts School

Address:665 Beresford Avenue
Original Use:Educational
Architects:Winnipeg School Division, In-house
Contractors:John Miller and Sons

More Information

The construction of this school marked the end of a six-year moratorium in new elementary school construction within the old Winnipeg #1 School Division.

It is the third Lord Roberts School on this site, the first from 1910, the second concurrent in 1919, reflecting the age and development of its Fort Rouge neighbourhood; the second school was not demolished until this one was fully occupied in 1970.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Lord Roberts
  • The new school was built all at once so the design is intact and uncompromised, with the exception of some very small details; costing $1.3 million, the school was planned to take 970 students
  • It is a medium-size school, not-quite-square on its site and built around a small internal courtyard; it is one storey high
  • Although its front entrance faces south, the school is fully finished on all four sides
  • The wall space alternates between a dark brown face with brilliant white twinned window bays where the floor-to-ceiling opening is set far in behind an angled concrete casement; this sets up fascinating geometric shadows in the sunshine, trimmed at the rooftop by a broad white band as well; even at night, the walls create a lively interplay of light and dark in a pleasing ratio; the front entrance is differentiated with a splash of bright red decoration that is picked up by the nearby Canadian flag
  • The new Lord Roberts had 22 classrooms, a fully usable basement, a large multi-purpose room, two big gyms, a library and three open-air classrooms
  • It was one of the very earliest schools to be designed to accommodate mentally and physically handicapped students; it is a true community school in its services and outreach to its constituents

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