|Right, University of Manitoba Broadway Campus 1932|
Land was set aside in 1899 along Broadway in 1900 and a science building went up for classes. At the time, the Manitoba Legislative Building was not even in the planning stages.
|1901 Science Building|
|Old Parliament Building on Kennedy Street|
|The Old Parliament Building literally built on bald prairie|
|Starkly bare grounds of new Legislative building|
|Dream of a Legislative Campus|
|Look at all those cars!|
|Adding to the Science and Arts for U of M|
|Winnipeg Auditorium newly constructed by U of M|
|Ready for class downtown|
|part of the old court house used by U of M|
There were other factors as well. Wesley College and Manitoba College merged together in 1938 and together became United College (later University of Winnipeg). It was on Portage Avenue where the future lay for a downtown university campus as well as Bannatyne Avenue where the University of Manitoba had the medical school close to what was to become Health Sciences Centre.
Financially insecure colleges really had no choice but join and become part of a larger grouping. It was also too hard to splits arts and sciences students between downtown and Fort Garry.
By 1950, the Broadway campus was abandoned and students moved to the expansive Fort Garry site of the University of Manitoba.
The provincial government occupied the former science and arts buildings until the 1960s when they started moving into other buildings that were being constructed along Broadway. By 1962, the government razed the building and twinned Memorial and built a park that has served for protest and celebration alike over the years.
For many people it is hard to imagine that large university buildings ever existed on Broadway. One wonders what it would have been like to have seen the University of Manitoba stay on Broadway and be the main campus. How fascinating would that have been?