Birtle Residential School The front of the school overlooks the town of Birtle, Manitoba. It replaced a circa-1894 building which was a little farther down the hill. Similar Images ...based on the tags: archways, boarded-windows, broken-windows, snow... Small rooms in the basement of the asylum were seemingly too tiny to be used, even for storage. Looking through the boards of the boarded windows. Dead cars were parked permanently near the model farm. Perhaps it had an automotive program. After all, before they were ‘Indian Residential Schools’ they were ‘Indian Industrial Schools’. An old sign in front of the elevators that used to constitute Saskatchewan Wheat Pool #4. Kodak Pro 100. “It must have been beautiful once.” “Yeah, especially in the winter.” Shadows of the skylights form a backdrop for rust-welded machines. I like this picture because it shows some of the only unbroken windows at Packard. Where workers would sign documents and collect their pay. The roof of the elevator was partly lit naturally with six big skylights. The less electricity pumped into a grain elevator, the less chance of a grain dust explosion.