Assumption Street School

Another recent postcard I found was this one of the Assumption Street School. The building was later doubled in size and connected by a central tower and renamed Begley Public School.

Begley was always one of my favourite buildings to drive past. It just had that look of an imposing school structure. It was decided in 2003 that three older schools were going to be demolished and rebuilt: Begley, Benson and Campbell. Begley was first and after years of hard work, Campbell was saved, and is currently going a full restoration. Last I heard Benson was on hold.

The original section of Begley was located on the west half of the site, and as you can see compared to the postcard above, it was fairly original still.

At the time of the closure, Begley built in 1913 was the oldest school building in the city. Today that title belong to Ecole L’Envolée on Ottawa St. Housed in the old King George school house, it was built in 1914.

In March 2004, the bulldozers moved in and wiped away 91 years of history, and the new school was built and is open on the same site.

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