Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium

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Building Name: Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium

Lady Beaverbrook Gym, [after 1967]. PR; Series 1; Sub-series 6; Item 7490.

Other Names: Lower Gym

Civic Address: 2 Peter Kelly Dr.

Sod Turning: 19 May 1966 (additions) by Sir Max Aitken

Cornerstone Laying: [ca. 1941]

Opened for Use: 1941

Official Opening: 21 February 1941; 12 October 1967 (wing additions)

Architect: Alward and Gillies (original structure); Larson and Larson with ADI (wing additions)

Named for: Gladys Henderson Drury Aitken, Lady Beaverbrook, first wife of William Maxwell Aitken, Lord Beaverbrook. Construction of the gymnasium was enabled by funding from Lord Beaverbrook.

Renovations/changes/additions: Two bowling lanes were added to the facility in 1947.

The wing additions in 1966 included a second gymnasium, a swimming pool (Sir Max Aitken Pool), squash courts, classrooms and offices.

Plaque Inscription: The Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium - This gymnasium was given in memory of Lady Beaverbrook by the Right Honourable Lord Beaverbrook, Honorary Chancellor of the University of New Brunswick, and was designed by him to provide for athletic endeavor in keeping with the purposes and ideals of university life. The building was officially opened on February 21st, 1941.

Notes: No sod turning ceremony took place for the original structure of the Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium.

Lady Beaverbrook Gym, [between 1952 - 1956]. UA RG 350; Series 8; Sub-series 1; File 2, Box 3, Vol 3; UNB8.

The basement of the gym was outfitted to accommodate the Canadian Officers Training Corps during the Second World War, including a rifle range that ran the whole length of the building.

Names Spaces: Sir Max Aitken Pool, the naming of the swimming pool portion of the addition to the Gymnasium honours Sir Max Aitken funded by a grant from the Beaverbrook Canadian Foundation.


  • Leroux, John. Building A University: The Architecture of UNB. Fredericton: Goose Lane Editions, 2010.
  • Plaque Inscription: University of New Brunswick Public Relations Department Photograph Collection; Series 2; Sub-series 3; File 721; Item 20.
  • UA Case 123; Section 3, Box 1; Lady Beaverbrook Gymnasium
  • The Brunswickan, vol. 60, no. 16, 21 February 1941, p. 1.
  • Up the Hill, 1948, p. 179.

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