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Darlingford Consolidated School

20 Bradburn Street, Pembina, Manitoba, R0G, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1987/10/13

View of main elevation of Darlingford Consolidated School, Darlingford, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Main Elevation
View of main elevation, from the northeast, of Darlingford Consolidated School, Darlingford, 2005; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2005
Main Elevation from the Northeast
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Other Name(s)

Evergreen Senior's Club
Club des âinés d'Evergreen
Darlingford School Heritage Building Museum
Musée de l'école patrimoniale de Darlingford
Darlingford Consolidated School

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Construction Date(s)

1909/01/01 to 1910/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/10/06

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Darlingford Consolidated School, a two-storey rectangular structure built on the limits of Darlingford in 1909-10, stands adjacent to the village's curling rink and Memorial Park. The brick-veneer facility is on a large grassed and treed lot, with residences to the east and open fields to the west. The municipal designation applies to the school and the site it occupies.

Heritage Value

Darlingford Consolidated School provides an important physical connection to early attempts at rural school consolidation in Manitoba. Experimental facilities such as this formed the roots of the process -- substantial buildings established at centralized locations to provide graded classrooms, specialized teaching and an improved curriculum. With its modest classical detailing and simple proportions, the Darlingford school retains its standardized interior layout with a four-classroom plan. Completed in stages, the school began as a one-storey two-classroom facility that grew to a two-storey structure in 1921, accommodating upper grades on the main floor and primary pupils on the second level.

Source: Rural Municipality of Pembina By-law No. 8/87, October 13, 1987

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Darlingford Consolidated School site include:
- the generous grassed property on the west side of Bradburn Street at the top of Mountain Avenue in Darlingford, with the front of the building facing east and the schoolyard to the west, bordered by mature spruce trees
- clear views to and from the school encompassing Mountain Avenue and Darlingford Memorial Park

Key elements that define the school's intact exterior heritage character include:
- the substantial, yet basic rectangular two-storey form with a pyramidal roof, prominent modillioned cornice and projecting southeast entrance tower with a stylized dome roof
- the raised, exposed fieldstone foundation and high basement, separated from the upper storeys by a course of thick limestone blocks
- the use of locally made `Darlingford' brick
- the double-hung rectangular openings symmetrically placed between storeys on the east, west and south facades, featuring protruding limestone sills, soldier-course brick lintels and transoms and some east-elevation windows with prominent brick keystones and supports under the sills
- the tubular metal fire escape, ca. 1950, accessed through `panic doors' in a second-floor cloakroom and sloping away from the school's west elevation
- the simple, yet functional details, including entrances with fanlights and decorative brickwork; the main entrance with radiating limestone voussoirs and sign above reading 'DARLINGFORD SCHOOL' 'ERECTED 1910 A.D.'; the chimney's decorative brickwork; etc.

Key elements that define the school's intact four-room standardized plan include:
- the formal layout consisting of a side-hall plan with corridors parallel to the stair block
- two well-lit, spacious classrooms on each level, each with a cloakroom, and the main-floor classrooms adjoined by a door in their common wall
- 3.66-metre ceilings with pressed tin throughout
- the principal's office/library on the landing between the first and second floors
- period furnishings, including blackboards, desks, bookshelves, cupboards, etc.
- the functional, but attractive details, including carved wooden balustrades, mouldings, wooden doors with original hardware, some arched doorways, metal heating grates, some wainscotting, etc.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (MB)

Recognition Statute

Manitoba Historic Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Heritage Site

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Building Social and Community Life
Education and Social Well-Being

Function - Category and Type




Composite School

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

RM of Pembina PO Box 189 Manitou MB R0G 1G0

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