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École L’Envolée / King George School

Located on south side of Ottawa Street between Windermere and Kildare is what is today known as École L’Envolée. It is a french school, and the school board who owns the property, the Conseil scolaire de district du Centre Sud-Ouest, has done a great job with the property. Since this board bought the property, they have done many repairs & renovations, yet all of them are sensitive to the historic look and feel of the old part of the school, which was built in 1914.

The rendering above appeared in the Evening Record in March, 1914:

Plans have been drawn and specifications prepared by Stal, Kinsey & Chapman, architects and engineers, C.K. Motl, associate, for Walkerville’s new 17-room school costing in the neighbourhood of $83,600. The school when completed will be one of the largest and best equipped in the province.

The building is designed for a 17-roomed school but only the portions of 9 rooms will be erected at the present time. This will be 62 feet by 102 feet, and will consist of basement and two stories. At present there will be three principal entrances besides a separate entrance to boiler room. When the wings are added there will be two more entrances.

The nine-roomed building will cost approximately $60,000, which compares quite favourably with the $75,000 recently spent for the erection of an eight-roomed school in Berlin, while the estimated cost of the 17-roomed building is $83,600

A few notes. Berlin is today’s Kitchener. and $83,600 in 1914 dollars is worth about $1.6 million today, and $60,000 is equivalent to $1.15 million.

The building is a beauty, and IMO one of the more under rated buildings in Walkerville.

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