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One last open house
Posted Wednesday, July 22, 2009 11:21 AM
Members of the university community and alumni are invited to tour Alumni House before it is removed to make room 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 served.

The distinctive red brick Georgian-style residence located 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. Shields’ 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.

For more on the history of Alumni House,
click here.
For more information, contact:
Michael Marshall
Communications Officer
Marketing Communications Office
Phone: (204) 474-7962
Fax: (204) 474-7631
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  •History of Alumni House