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Eunola School

SE 11-4-29 WPM, Edward, Manitoba, R0M, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1992/01/14

Contextual view, from the east, of Eunola School, Tilston area, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2006
Contextual View
Primary elevations, from the northeast, of Eunola School, Tilston area, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2006
Primary Elevations
Interior view of Eunola School, Tilston area, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage, Tourism and Sport, 2006

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Construction Date(s)

1937/01/01 to 1937/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/08/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Eunola School, completed in 1937, is a small wood-frame building on a lot near the hamlet of Tilston. The municipal designation applies to the one-storey building and its grounds.

Heritage Value

Eunola School, one of the last remaining one-room schoolhouses in the Rural Municipality of Edward, is a fine example of period trends in schoolhouse design. Erected on the site of a predecessor that burned in 1937, this roomy structure, with its well-lit classroom, tiled floor, built-in cabinets and full basement, was typical of a second generation in standardized rural schoolhouse design and a welcome improvement over the hastily built structures of the pioneer years. The sturdy local landmark, which served a school district established in 1898, is now the site of an annual community picnic and remains a social centre and source of community identity.

Source: Rural Municipality of Edward By-law No. 11-91, January 14, 1992

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Eunola School site include:
- the building's location on level farmland in the Tilston area, set back from the grid road behind tall hedges and placed on a north-south axis in a schoolyard bordered with trees

Key elements that define the school's modest exterior character include:
- its one-storey rectangular massing under a forward-facing gable roof, with a small centred gable-roofed porch with a side door and a shed-roofed extension
- the simple materials, including narrow horizontal wood siding painted white with contrasting dark trim, wood shingles, a tall chimney and a plain wood entrance staircase
- the orderly schoolhouse-style fenestration, including deeply inset basement openings, a bank of tall rectangular multi-paned sash windows, a small square window and horizontally placed rectangular opening aligned vertically in the centre of the west wall, a tall rectangular porch window and two small horizontal openings in the porch extension, all with plain wood surrounds

Key elements that define the school's interior heritage character include:
- the conventional one-room plan with a spacious well-lit classroom and modest foyer/cloakroom
- the quality utilitarian materials and finishes, including solid wood doors, vertical board wainscotting, wood trim and cabinets finished in a light stain and varnish, the tiled floor, etc.
- features such as blackboards on the south and west walls, the metal hopper window mechanism, pendant lights, metal wall heat registers, 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


Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club


One-Room School

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

RM of Edward 58 Railway Avenue Box 100 Pierson MB R0M 1S0

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