Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



Glenlawn Collegiate Institute

Address:770 St. Mary's Road
Original Use:Educational
Other Work:Large wing in 1959-1960
Alterations and additions follow a major fire in c. 1988
Architects:Pratt and Lindgren(1956 and 1959-1960)
Pratt and Lindgren Snider Tomcej and Associate (1984)

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Elm Park, St. Vital
  • Glenlawn Collegiate, presently with 1066 students, has evolved a great deal over the years
  • What was built in 1956 was an addition to an existing building that has since been demolished, making the the oldest section yet not the original school, which was an undated one-storey stucco building dating no earlier than c.1954
  • The 1956 academic wing by Pratt and Lindgren forms the centre of the present school facade and became the template for future additions, originally a two-storey self-contained structure with nine classrooms, a science lab and a library which still serves on the second floor, there were some shops rooms in the basement; this section has retained most of its windows and its overall integrity
  • One particular feature of note in this original section is the projection of the concrete slab to jut over the windows and form a permanent sun shade on south-facing windows, in this case, the most public side along Fermer Avenue
  • A large complex, the school is U-shaped around its parking area to the rear, with the gym achoring the east side and an academic wing, large auditorium for performing arts and shops on the opposite side