Isbister Building

Address:183 Dafoe Road
Architects:Blankstein, Coop, Gillmor and Hanna
Tours:Part of the QR Code Tour

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Originally used for the study of Commerce and Psychology, the Isbister Building now houses the study of Geography, Near Eastern and Judaic Studies and Sociology. This is one contemporary design that aimed to reference the early campus buildings in both scale, style and selection of materials. The rough-hewn Tyndall stone, exposed concrete and polished limestone dressing, complement the Tier building (1932), connected to the west.

The Isbister Building was named after Alexander Kennedy Isbister, who bequeathed a large portion of his estate to the University of Manitoba out of concern and care for the province's education.

Design Characteristics

  • Contemporary design references early campus buildings in scale, style, and materials
  • Rough-hewn Tyndall limestone
  • Exposed concrete
  • Polished limestone dressing