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Historic Sites of Manitoba: West Kildonan School No. 8 (2373 Main Street, Winnipeg)

This building was erected by the Presbyterian parishioners of Kildonan under the active supervision of the Reverend James Nisbet. Known as West Kildonan School, this simple stone structure was opened on 12 July 1865. It featured a main room accommodating up to 80 pupils and a smaller back room for special classes in advanced subjects. In 1871 the early Manitoba College classes met here while awaiting the completion of a separate college building. In later years it became the home of the Kildonan Literary Society and the centre for many community and social functions.

Closed and abandoned in 1905 in favour of a building nearer the Red River, the building was renovated in 1919 and Nisbet Hall, as it was known, served as a parish meeting place until a fire in 1969. The building was moved to its present site in 1987 and restored as a part of Kildonan Community Church. A plaque was unveiled at the site in 1990 by the Manitoba Heritage Council.

Kildonan School

Kildonan School (May 2010)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

West Kildonan School

West Kildonan School (1905)
Source: A Historical Study of Public Education in West Kildonan to 1959 by R. R. Bailey, 1966.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.95408, W97.09834
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Kildonan School, Manitoba Historic Resources Branch

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Provincially Designated Historic Sites


A Historical Study of Public Education in West Kildonan to 1959 by Raymond Ronald Bailey, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, 1966.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 May 2015

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