Manitoba Municipal Heritage Site No. 185


Ruskin School
SW 25-29-22W,
Ethelbert area

Ruskin School

Designation Date: August 31, 1999
Designation Authority: R.M. of Ethelbert
Present Owner: privately owned

Before the advent of the school district consolidations of the 1950s, more than 1,000 one-room schools dotted the countryside of Manitoba. Of modest size and appointments, these buildings nevertheless were powerful expressions of civic pride. Ruskin School, built ca. 1915, is a typical example. The simple form belies the careful thought that went into its design. Developed by the Department of Education, most buildings were the result of standardized designs that addressed the physical needs of students and the financial constraints of many school boards.

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