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Coultervale School

Arthur, Manitoba, R0M, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2000/08/11

Primary elevation, from the south, of Coultervale School, Coulter area, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006
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Entrance detail of Coultervale School, Coulter area, 2006; Historic Resources Branch, Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, 2006
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Construction Date(s)

1915/01/01 to 1915/12/31

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/10/16

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Coultervale School, opened in early 1915, is a modest brick veneer building in an agricultural setting in the Coulter area. The municipal designation applies to the one-storey school and its grounds.

Heritage Value

Coultervale School is an excellent and rare brick-clad example of an early two-room school in rural Manitoba. Its formal entrance, accentuated by broad stairs and a simple portico, and its decorative roofline, with gabled pavilions and gablets, lend an air of artful permanence to an otherwise modest structure whose form, materials, finishes and fenestration emphasize functionality. Built by Robert Wyatt, this was the largest school in its area, offering high school classes to students from several neighbouring elementary facilities. It continues in public service as a community hall, standing on its own within a largely open prairie landscape.

Source: Rural Municipality of Arthur By-law No. 1731, August 11, 2000

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Coultervale School site include:
- its location close to, and visible from, Highway 83 in the Coulter area
- the building's placement, centred on the site facing south from spacious grounds at the northwest quadrant where two grid roads intersect
- open schoolyard as defined by the historic place boundary

Key exterior elements that define the school's well-appointed, functional character include:
- its elongated one-storey rectangular form with a prominent gablet roof and shallow gabled pavilions centred on the south and north
- the abundant fenestration featuring on all sides large multi-paned sash windows with continuous concrete sills and flat-arched brick heads, grouped in twos or fours between brick mullions
- the basic materials and finishes, including buff brick sheathing, a concrete foundation, metal siding on gable ends and gablets, and white-painted wood on the wide eaves and trim
- the attractive entrance sequence with wide concrete steps and a modest two-column portico with a gable-pediment, tall wooden flagpole and embossed signage reading 'COULTERVALE S.D. NO. 515'
- details such as the broad brick chimney, metal rails on the steps, etc.

Key elements that define the school's interior character include:
- the centre-entrance plan with a formal vestibule separated from the basement stairway by a sturdy wooden balustrade and entrances to the classrooms and cloakrooms on each side
- the practical materials and details, including maple wood flooring, painted wood doors and wide trim, narrow vertical wood panelling on the science cabinet, pendant lights, 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



Robert Wyatt

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

RM of Arthur 138 Main Street Box 429 Melita MB R0M 1L0

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