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Hugh Beaton School

Located on the corner of Lens and Windermere in south Walkerville, is this grand old school. Built in 1928 by the local firm of Nichols, Sheppard & Masson, sadly this building also received the same half assed window replacement that Walkerville C.I. also received.

This big three story building ended up very different from the original plans… Why things changed so dramatically, I have no idea…

From the Border Cities Star – May 22, 1928

Above a sketch of the new Walkerville public school which will be under construction by the end of July.

The Building is of the one-storey type, and will have 11 classrooms besides combined auditorium and gymnasium, teacher’s room, dentist and nurses’ quarters, showers and toilets.

The plans and specifications are being made by the firm of Nichols, Sheppard & Masson, architects, who have been commissioned to have them ready by July 1, so that tenders may be called on that date.

The structure will be of brick, decorated with stone work, and fireproof throughout.

It will be located on Lens Avenue, on Windermere Road, and is to cost approximately $160,000 (approx. $2,037,333 in 2008). The Walkerville school board selected the one-storey type of building over several other designs with the view of the economy, as it does away with the necessity of expensive excavation.

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Also a reminder that tonight is our monthly blogger meetup, so if you’re interested, feel free to drop by Taloola Café on Devonshire Rd. in old Walkerville. We meet up around 7:00-7:30 or so, and they usually last until about 10:00 pm or so.

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