Manitoba Provincial Heritage Site No. 18

Brandon Normal School
1129 Queens Avenue,

Brandon Normal School
Designation Date: August 7, 1985
Designation Authority: Honourable Eugene Kostyra,
Minister of Culture, Heritage and Recreation
Present Owner: The Province of Manitoba

This building was constructed in 1912–13. Designed by Victor Horwood, then Provincial Architect, the School was devoted to teacher training in Manitoba. The classically-styled building was one of four Normal Schools built in Manitoba: St. Boniface (1903); Manitou (1904, demolished); and Winnipeg (1905–06).

Benjamin J. Hales was the first principal of the School. He retired in 1938, with an established reputation as an educator, author and naturalist. He founded the B.J. Hales Museum of Natural History which became permanently established at Brandon University in 1965.

The school was a centre for rural teaching instruction until 1943 when the building was occupied by the Department of National Defence during World War II. The building was turned over to the Manitoba Department of Agriculture in 1946 for its southwestern operations. It became the Agricultural Extension Centre in 1959