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Galt Collegite Institute and Vocational School Details

Galt Collegite Institute and Vocational School
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Street Address:   200 Water Street North
Municipality:   Cambridge
Province   Ontario
Present Owner:   Waterloo Region District Board of Education
Original Owner:   Town of Galt
Construction Date:   1852
Statement of Significance:   SCHEDULE "B" TO BY-LAW NO. 16-83 OF THE CORPORATION OF THE CITY OF CAMBRIDGE The Galt Collegiate Institute and Vocational School is designated for historic and architectural reasons. The Galt Grammar School was founded in 1852 by Michael C. Howe as a private school for boys and it attained continent wide distinction under his successor William Tassie, noted as a strict disciplinarian and classical scholar. Among its outstanding graduates were Sir Adam Beck and Canon the Hon. H. C. Cody. The name changed to the Galt High School in 1869 and then to Galt Collegiate Institute in 1872 when it headed the list of only six schools in Ontario on which were conferred the name and privileges of Collegiate Institutes (Local Colleges). Its students were often prominent in athletics and its Cadet Corps was much noted. The plain, symmetrical building of 1854 with later additions - principally in 1859, 1874, 1905 and 1923 are of fossilized limestone quarried from the river banks, is of a style commonly called Scottish Baronial and incorporates many architectural features, including crow step gables, Romanesque arches, broken-arch pediment, crenellation and butresses. The City skyline is dominated by two stone towers, and two decorative cupola-like ventilator hoods. The interior entrance Memorial Tablet of gray marble was erected in 1920 and was extended in 1954 to include casualties of World War II. The addition of 1963 and later changes are not included in the designation.
Municipal Jurisdiction:   City of Cambridge
Map Title:   City of Cambridge
Purpose of Study:   Research application for Point of View Built Heritage software using a sample of 40-50 significant structures in Cambridge
Recorder:   Amanda Robertson
Recorder address:   CSG U Waterloo
Recorder phone:   519 740 7740
Recorder email:
Photographers:   Jennifer Danahy
Directed By:   Fred McGarry
Date of Survey:   May 21 2002
Building Condition:   Good
Apparent Alterations:   Front, Side, Rear
Site Condition:   Good
Building Dimension Front:   140 m
Building Dimension Side:   105 m
Designated Historical Site:   Yes
Designated By:   City of Cambridge
Jurisdiction:   Ontario
Present Use:   06.03.02 - Secondary school
Original Use:   06.03.02 - Secondary school
Present Owner:   Waterloo Region District Board of Education
Title: Galt Collegite Institute and Vocational School Details
Document Type: Original Document
Copyright: Point of View
Author/Source: Amanda Robertson
Language: English
Associated Dates: 1852

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