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88 Agassiz Drive

Address:88 Agassiz Drive
Original Use:Dwelling
Architects:George Stewart

More Information

The house at 88 Agassiz was designed for the Edward Leith family. Edward was associated with the University of Manitoba for over 70 years, first as a student having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in 1928 and a Master of Science in 1929. He joined the University of Manitoba faculty in 1935 after postgraduate work at Yale University where he was involved in the first paleontological studies of the Ordivician rocks of Newfoundland. For years he taught introductory geology as well as courses in paleontology and stratigraphy with an enthusiasm and a skill that earned him the Dr. and Mrs. H.H. Saunderson Award for excellence in Teaching in 1972-72. Following his retirement in 1971, he was appointed Professor Emeritus and continued to lecture and popularize the subject of geology. In 1983 he was honoured by the University of Manitoba with an Outreach Award for his contributions to the public, students and teachers. Edward was a founding member of the Manitoba Museum of Man and Nature.The neighbourhood of Agassiz Park (also known as University Heights, College Heights and the University Crescent Subdivision) was originally part of the Rural Municipality of Fort Garry. In 1972 it was amalgamated into Winnipeg as part of the broader effort to expand the city through the consolidation of previously outlying municipalities.

This small subdivision is bound by Bishop Grandin Boulevard to the south, University Crescent to the west, the Red River to the east and the former Southwood Golf and Country Club to the north.

Agassiz Park includes approximately 200 homes, predominantly bungalows, constructed in the early 1960s. Many of the homes were built by Elias Construction Ltd., a Winnipeg-based company also responsible for the nearby Clarence Avenue subdivision in Fort Garry. The display homes had five separate floor plans; a Winnipeg Free Press advertisement, with an illustration of the neighbourhood model home located at 24 Glengarry Drive, stated: "pick the home you've wanted from a wide variety of proven floor plates. A house designed for convenience and gracious living is an investment in the future.” (9 September 1961)

Instead of back lanes, the residential lots have front drive access, each extending to one of five gently curving streets oriented around a centrally located elementary school. The vehicle-oriented subdivision has no sidewalks and is accessed via two entrances extending off of University Crescent. Green space within the neighbourhood includes the Bishop Grandin Greenway and Glengarry Park, a narrow band of public land that separates the river-facing homes on D'arcy Drive from the Red River.

Design Characteristics

Roof:Flat roof
Materials:Vertical siding, concrete foundation
Size:Single storey
1,512 square feet
Suburb:Agassiz Park, University Heights