Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 68

Gimli Public School
62 Second Street

Gimli Public School
Designation Date: August 27, 1991
Designation Authority: Gimli (Town)
Present Owner: Gimli Heritage Development Corporation

Gimli Public School is a commendable example of the kind of educational institution constructed by an Icelandic community determined to provide the best opportunities for its children despite limited resources. The design did not come from a set of standardized plans from the Manitoba Department of Education, as was popular at the time, but rather from a local resident and designer, Halldor Sigurdson. Ascribing to its era’s conventions and regulations for health and safety, the school demonstrates special attention to emergency exits, lighting and ventilation. The original facility, with six spacious classrooms, featured the most modern conveniences and equipment available at the time, housing Grades 1 through 12.