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Buildings Historical Plaques Project

Were you aware:

  • that Tache Hall once sported "plunge baths?"
  • that there was a near catastrophic gas explosion in the Buller Building in the 1930s?
  • that Home Economics students used to practice their craft in special apartments designed to reflect different classes of society?

Find these and other amazing facts and historical wonders on forty plaques mounted by the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections around the Fort Garry and Bannatyne campuses. These histories are anecdotal in nature and complement the official cairns that recount the biographical details of the buildings' namesakes. The histories will be regularly updated to bring fresh facts and odd tidbits for the reader's delectation. Through such initiatives, the Archives wishes to share the university's vibrant and fascinating historical legacy with people on campus and visitors alike.

The plaques have been funded by the Manitoba Heritage Grants Advisory Council with support from University of Manitoba Physical Plant.

Shelley Sweeney, Head: project supervisor
Brett Lougheed: project management, research, content
Michelle Strutt: layout and design

*Click below to see current plaque on display

Administration Building
Agricultural Engineering
Allen Building
Alumni House
Armes Building
Arthur V. Mauro Student Residence
Brodie Centre
Buller Building
Carolyn Sifton Wing
Ceramic/Sculpture Studio Building
Chancellor’s Hall
Chown Building
Drake Centre
Duff Roblin Building
Elizabeth Dafoe Library
Ellis Building
Engineering Complex
FitzGerald Building
Fletcher Argue Building
Frank Kennedy Physical Education Centre
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
Human Ecology BuildingTaché Hall
Investor’s Group Athletic Centre
Isbister Building
J.P.C. McMath High Voltage Laboratory
John A. Russell Building
Machray Hall
Mary Speechly Hall
Max Bell Centre
Parker Building
Robson Hall
St. Andrew’s College
St. John’s College and Chapel
St. Paul’s College and Chapel
Science Lecture Block
Tier Building
University Centre
University College
Wallace Building



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