Historic Sites of Manitoba: Transcona Central School (Day Street, Winnipeg)
In 1912, a brick school building was designed by Winnipeg architect E. D. Tuttle. Minister of Education George R. Coldwell laid the cornerstone at large ceremony on 23 April 1913. The crowd of attendees included Transcona Mayor Peter Watt, councillors, school board trustees, Transcona Board of Trade President A. A. Burning, MLA D. A. Ross, ex-Mayor C. J. E. Maxwell, and the eldest resident of the municipality, Reverend Philip Barker. During construction, it was decided to enlarge the building from a single to double storey at an additional cost of $35,000.
Renovations were made in 1958 on plans by local architect Laurie Ward and further renovations were made the following year. In 1961, senior grades were relocated to the Transcona Collegiate Institute and the building was henceforth used for elementary grades. The school closed in 1995 and was later demolished.
Among the other teachers of the Transcona Central School was Louis E. Gendron (c1937-1949).
Photos & Maps
“New Transcona school building,” Manitoba Free Press, 19 October 1912, page 13.
“Corner stone of Transcona’s new school is laid,” Winnipeg Tribune, 23 April 1913, page 1.
“Enlarge Transcona School,” Winnipeg Tribune, 6 May 1913, page 8.
“Tenders,” Winnipeg Free Press, 3 March 1958, page 29.
“Tenders for renovation to basement of Central School - Transcona,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 June 1959, page 45.
Transcona, On the Horizon of a Great Future, Golden Jubilee, 1911-1961. Manitoba Legislative Library, F5649.T73 Tra.
One Hundred Years in the History of the Rural Schools of Manitoba: Their Formation, Reorganization and Dissolution (1871-1971) by Mary B. Perfect, MEd thesis, University of Manitoba, April 1978.
From Slate to Computer in the Transcona-Springfield Area 1873-1983 by Nan Shipley, 1983, page 349.
A Prairie Girl’s Life: The Story of the Reverend Edna Lenora Perry by Edna Lenora Perry, 2014. [Winnipeg Public Library]
We thank Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 7 April 2019
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