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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Chemistry and Physics Building / Earth Sciences Building / Fitzgerald Building (55 Chancellors Circle, Winnipeg)

This three-storey brick and stone building on the Fort Garry Campus of the University of Manitoba was designed by local architect Victor Horwood and built in 1913. The building was designed to be completely fireproof and was furnished with the most modern apparatus of the era for teaching agricultural chemistry, soils, drainage, mathematics, and general physics, including electricity and magnetism.

The building was later used by the Department of Earth Sciences (Geology). The building was subsequently occupied by the Faculty of Fine Arts during which time it was renamed the Fitzgerald Building in commemoration of artist Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald. When the Faculty moved out, the name was removed and, as of 2021, the building is known by its street address.

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.

Earth Sciences Building

Earth Sciences Building (no date)
Source: Winnipeg Buildings Index

The former FitzGerald Building

The former FitzGerald Building (January 2021)
Source: Rose Kuzina

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.81004, W97.13438
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Memorable Manitobans: Samuel Hooper (1851-1911)

Memorable Manitobans: Victor William Horwood (1878-1939)

Memorable Manitobans: Lionel LeMoine FitzGerald (1890-1956)

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


We thank Rose Kuzina for providing additional information used here.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 June 2021

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