Members of the university community and alumni are invited to tour Alumni House before it is taken down to clear the site for the new Art Research Technology (ART) lab that is part of Project Domino.
An open house will be held on Friday, July 24 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. All are welcome and light refreshments will be available.
The Georgian-style residence beside Tache Hall was designed in 1938 by Ralph Ham for the Department of Home Economics. The House was completed in 1939 for use in the Department's home management and child-care programs. Known as the "Practice House", it was immortalized in the book Republic of Love , published in 1992 by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and then University of Manitoba professor Carol Shields, whose character, Tom Avery, began his life as a “practice baby”, borrowed from the city’s child welfare association so the students could learn about caring for a child.
In 1957 the House became a private residence for university vice-presidents and administrative personnel, including the former Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture and Home Economics, John Weir, and former Chancellor, Henry Duckworth. In 1970 it was converted into an office facility for the university's Employee Relations Division. Another renovation was completed in 1980 when it became the home of the Alumni Association.
Home economics/human ecology graduates, faculty, staff and students have been invited to the house to celebrate the history related to their faculty on July 23 at 11:30 a.m.
The Alumni Association is relocating to temporary office trailers behind the new Welcome Centre on July 16 and 17, re-opening for business on July 22. The association will eventually be located at Chancellor’s Hall, which is currently housing members of the department of psychology displaced because of the fire in the Duff Roblin Building.