Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brandon Normal School (1129 Queens Street, Brandon)
This building, designed by provincial architect Victor Horwood and constructed in 1912-1913 by local contractor Thomas M. Harrington, was one of four Normal Schools in Manitoba, along with St. Boniface (1903), Manitou (1904, demolished), and Winnipeg (1905-1906). Prior to the building being constructed, the Normal School had been held in the Park School.
With Benjamin J. Hales as its Principal, the Brandon Normal School served as the centre for rural teaching instruction until the end of the 1941-1942 school year when the building was occupied by the Department of National Defence. It was turned over to the Manitoba Department of Agriculture in 1946 for its southwestern operations. It became the Agricultural Extension Centre in 1959. It is still used as office space by the provincial agricultural department. A commemorative plaque north of the building was erected by the Historic Sites Advisory Board of Manitoba.
Photos & Coordinates
Annual Reports of the Manitoba Department of Education, Manitoba Legislative Library.
Brandon: A Prospect of a City by Mary Hume, 1981.
Manitoba Normal School Principals, 1939-1965, Manitoba Education Library Archives.
We thank Terry Hewitt and George Stewart for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 January 2021