Winnipeg Architecture Foundation



École Crane

Address:888 Crane Avenue
Original Use:Educational
Other Work:Additions in 1955, 1958 and 1967
Architects:Prain and Ward
Ward and Macdonald Associates (1967)
Firms:Prain and Ward, Ward and Macdonald Associates
Contractors:F.W. Sawatzky Ltd.
Benjaminson Construction Co. Ltd. (1967)

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A truly charming elementary school, École Crane serves an immersion population of 325 students in kindergarten to Grade four; it is the same design as the nearby Oakenwald School.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Fort Garry
  • Constructed in 1955 of wood frame with face brick, it was built in two main sections meeting at the main entrance at a right angle, with the older section running along Crane Ave. and the slightly newer portion from either 1955 or 1958 running perpendicular to the rear along the west side
  • Although the original larger windows have been replaced, the facade retains its period character and grace, certainly enhanced with mature trees and carefully tended gardens; the school has benefitted from a high level of maintenance
  • It is in a large yard with woods behind; there is a good play structure and asphalt area