Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Calgary Historic Tour "A Walk Through Time"

Yesterday we hosted 42 avid historians at the Arts Centre for a discussion about the buildings' architectural significance as the only remaining example of three "bungalow" four-room schools that were built between 1912 and 1915. Many of the tour participants lived in the neighborhood and considered the building an iconic community centre. It came as a surprise to many of them how busy the Arts Centre was yesterday - 84 children in 6 classrooms making art projects, as well as a small number of studio potters in the members studio. Lorne Simpson, heritage Architect, gave a very in-depth lecture on the architectural features of the building and of the ceramics wing he designed in 1993/94 after significant consultation with staff and studio members at the time. Very informative lecture tour! We also had former students and the daughter of a former school principal, who brought vintage photos taken by her father in 1945/46. We will post these photos after we scan them into a digital archive file.

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