Grande Prairie High School - Grande Prairie, Alberta
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member wildwoodke
N 55° 10.386 W 118° 47.459
11U E 385933 N 6115517
Quick Description: Located near downtown this historic site is now the city's Art Gallery and was the former high school for Grande Prairie, Alberta.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 11/16/2013 7:41:21 PM
Waymark Code: WMJGMN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Long Description:

This school building is now a provincial and national historic site. The building was constructed in 1929 and was originally known as the Montrose School.

The Canada's Historic Places website describes the school as follows:
"The Grande Prairie High School (originally Montrose School) is a two-storey red brick building built in 1929 in a modified collegiate gothic style. It is located on one lot on 99th Street in downtown Grande Prairie and now houses the Prairie Art Gallery.

Heritage Value
The Grande Prairie High School exemplifies the growth of Grande Prairie amid the settlement of the South Peace region in the first half of the twentieth century.

Organized in 1911, Grande Prairie School District built three schools before 1929, but the Grande Prairie High School was the first exclusively for secondary school education. Its construction signaled the demographic maturity of the settlement and a growing emphasis on advanced education in Alberta. The school contained simple classrooms and basic laboratories to teach academic fundamentals. The Grande Prairie High School contains elements of a simplified Collegiate Gothic Style, a utilitarian style that reflects the conservative educational system of the day, and the move away from the architectural ornamentation that took place in the 1920s.

One of the oldest structures in Grande Prairie, this school is from the settlement period of Alberta's last agricultural frontier before the wave of Depression-era immigration into the Peace District.

Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch (File: Des. 971)

Character-Defining Elements
Grande Prairie High School contains elements of a simplified collegiate Gothic style, including:
- form, scale and massing;
- the red brick facade and stone masonry, including parapet coping, window, sills and decorative blocks;
- a fenestration pattern of multi-paned (nine-over-nine) windows with wooden sashes on the front facade, and a round arched window in the central front bay;
- a symmetrical design of solid horizontality interspersed with vertical piers; and
- a projecting one-storey front entrance porch with a stepped parapet echoing the irregular roof line.


Type of Marker: Cultural

Sign Age: Other

Parking: There is on street parking

Placement agency: Alberta Culture and Multiculturalism

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