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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Agricultural College / University of Manitoba, Fort Garry Campus (Winnipeg)

The Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba contains several buildings that were once part of the Manitoba Agricultural College, which moved here from a site on Tuxedo Avenue in October 1913. Designed by Samuel Hooper in his capacity as Provincial Architect, after Hooper’s death in 1911, their completion was overseen by his successor, Victor Horwood. They include the Administration Building (1911-1913), Home Economics Building (1912), Tache Hall (1912), Agricultural Engineering Building (1912), Art School Barn (1912), President’s House (1912-1913), Earth Sciences Building (1913), Dairy Science Building (1913), and Agriculture Lecture Block (1913).

Later buildings added to the site, following its transition to University control, included the Tier Building (1932) and Buller Building (1932).

Around 1981, a barn on the campus was featured in a Manitoba Co-operator series on farm architecture. The original caption for the photograph is given below.

This handsome 104-foot by 41-foot structure, designed under the direction of provincial architect V. W. Horwood and built in 1913, it is said to be one of very few remaining barns in the province that can claim to have been professionally designed. The red brick walls include a 60-foot by 36-foot wing. The overall barn was used mainly for dairy activities. Later, the barn accommodated 32 milk cows in stanchions, plus pens for other livestock, and featured large 20-foot 8-inch by 8-inch vertical timbers in its main framing. However, like farming elsewhere, things have changed for this barn. In 1975 it was transferred to the Faculty of Arts, with renovations to the lower levels and exterior completed in 1975 and to the loft areas in 1977. It is now used for student fine arts labs and display areas.

As of 2014, the barn is still in use.

Manitoba Agricultural College campus

Manitoba Agricultural College campus (circa 1925)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, M. F. F. Burgess Collection.

Manitoba Agricultural College with the Principal’s Residence visible in the background

Manitoba Agricultural College with the Principal’s Residence visible in the background (circa 1919) by C. I. Meyers
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0176

Auditorium and residences of the Manitoba Agricultural College

Auditorium and residences of the Manitoba Agricultural College (circa 1919) by C. I. Meyers
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2013-0175

Arts Building

Arts Building (July 1933)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7447, Album 4, Page 22.

Science Building

Science Building (July 1933)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7447, Album 4, Page 22.

Chemistry and Physics Building

Chemistry and Physics Building (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7447, Album 2, Page 31.

Engineering Building

Engineering Building (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7447, Album 2, Page 31.

Dairy Building

Dairy Building (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7447, Album 2, Page 31.

Stock Judging Building

Stock Judging Building (no date)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, George Harris Fonds, Acc. 1979-141, P7447, Album 2, Page 31.

Buildings of the Manitoba Agricultural College

Buildings of the Manitoba Agricultural College (circa 1919) by C. I. Meyers
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0294

Manitoba Agricultural College Barn

Manitoba Agricultural College Barn (circa 1981)
Source: Bob Hainstock

The University’s central Administration Building, formerly the Manitoba Agricultural College, built between 1911 and 1913

The University’s central Administration Building, formerly the Manitoba Agricultural College, built between 1911 and 1913 (no date)
Source: Winnipeg Buildings Index

The Home Economics Building, built in 1912, was later renamed the Human Ecology Building

The Home Economics Building, built in 1912, was later renamed the Human Ecology Building (no date)
Source: Winnipeg Buildings Index

The President’s House (Principal’s House), built between 1912 and 1913, was renamed Chancellor’s Hall in 2006

The President’s House (Principal’s House), built between 1912 and 1913, was renamed Chancellor’s Hall in 2006 (1985)
Source: Winnipeg Buildings Index

The Earth Sciences Building, built in 1913, became the Fitzgerald Building when it became used as a Fine Arts facility

The Earth Sciences Building, built in 1913, became the Fitzgerald Building when it became used as a Fine Arts facility (no date)
Source: Winnipeg Buildings Index

Aerial view of the University of Manitoba campus

Aerial view of the University of Manitoba campus (circa 1942)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough, 2014-0006

Site Location (lat/long): N49.80958, W97.13269
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: University of Manitoba, Broadway Campus (Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Agricultural College (Tuxedo Avenue, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Agricultural College War Memorial (Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Reginald Buller Monument (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg)

Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Hooper (1851-1911)

Memorable Manitobans: Victor William Horwood (1878-1939)

MHS Centennial Organization: University of Manitoba

Sources:

We thank Bob Hainstock and Ed Ledohowski for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 December 2017

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