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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Brooklands “White School” / Cressey School (1919 Pacific Avenue West, Winnipeg)

The Brooklands School District No. 1440 was formally established in December 1907 and, the following year, a white-coloured wood frame building was constructed at this site, soon after expanded with a two-storey addition. During the 1920s and 1930s, it also hosted an office for the Municipality of Brooklands. Known since the early days as the “White School,” in September 1961 it was renamed Cressey School in memory of former District Principal J. T. Cressey. The building was demolished in late 1972.

The original Brooklands “White School”

The original Brooklands “White School” (1908)
Source: Education Department Report, 1913, Manitoba Legislative Library.

The Brooklands “White School”

The Brooklands “White School” (1909)
Source: Education Department Report, 1913, Manitoba Legislative Library.

Cressey School

Cressey School (circa 1970)
Source: Archives of Manitoba, Architectural Survey of Winnipeg.

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.92198, W97.20129
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: James Thomas Cressey (1859-1950)

Manitoba Organization: Brooklands School District No. 1440


A Short History of Brooklands Elementary Schools including Woodsworth, Cressey, Krawchyk, Butterworth, St. James Assiniboia School Division.

“Demolition of Cressey School,” Winnipeg Free Press, 27 October 1972, page 48.

We thank Mari-Jean Nachtigall and Nathan Kramer for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 18 May 2019

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