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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Transcona Central School (Day Street, Winnipeg)

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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.





Duncan Alexander Baxter (1872-1964)


Harvey Richard Brown (1895-1962)


James Edwards (1892-1967)


Nicholas Frederick “Fred” Kasian (1913-1996)


Thelma Jean Opseth Call (1928-1981)


Barry Kramble


Ben Shuvera


Edna Lenora Perry


Dolores Aquin




Edna Lenora Perry


Among the other teachers of the Transcona Central School was Louis E. Gendron (c1937-1949).

Photos & Maps

Architectural sketch of Transcona School

Architectural sketch of Transcona School (1912)
Source: Manitoba Free Press, 19 October 1912, page 13.

Transcona School

Transcona School (no date) by R. Goulet
Source: Archives of Manitoba, School Inspectors Photographs,
GR8461, A0233, C131-1, page 3.

Transcona Central School

Transcona Central School (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7456, Album 2.

Site Location (lat/long): N49.89791, W97.00224
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: North Transcona School (Springfield Road, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Transcona Collegiate Institute (Transcona)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Transcona Collegiate Institute / Transcona Junior High / Arthur Day Junior High / Central North Upgrading Centre / Park Circle Secondary School / Calvin Christian Collegiate (706 Day Street, Winnipeg)

Manitoba Organization: Transcona School District No. 39


“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.

“Aerial view of Transcona, circa 1944,” Charles J. Gingras collection #185, N20160, Archives of Manitoba.

“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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