MHS Resources: Manitoba’s Rural School Designs
Manitoba Government Designs
In 1903, the Manitoba provincial government published a guide book to provide the trustees for the rural school districts around the province with information and specifications for the design and operation of schools.
The guide provided design plans and material lists for three possible plans for frame school buildings, prepared by provincial architect Samuel Hooper, that have come to be known as Hooper No. 1, Hooper No. 2, and Hooper No. 3, respectively. Excerpts from that guide showing the appearance of these designs are given below. The guide suggested that buildings should be designed from the following principles:
Hooper No. 1
Hooper No. 2
Hooper No. 3
The T. Eaton Company, a major Canadian department store based in Ontario, prided itself on the breadth of its merchandise that could be sold and shipped to customers in remote locations. Among the items were prefabricated buildings, including schools.
Eatons school building plan no. 690 (1917-1918)
Floor plan of the Eatons school building (date unknown)
It is not known how many, if any, rural schools in Manitoba were purchased from Eatons but a number of buildings surviving into the 21st century have designs that resemble it closely.
Plans and Specifications for Rural Schools: Suggestions for the Planning and Decoration of School Grounds, 1903. Manitoba Legislative Library.Error processing SSI file
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 4 July 2014