URBSITE: The architecture of Ottawa’s high schools


Here’s a fascinating post from Urbsite about the architecture of Ottawa’s high schools:

“A student tsunami drove the wave of secondary school construction that swept across the city beginning in the mid-1950s. It didn’t recede until the dawn of 1970s. When the tide finally went out there was a slew of high school buildings left in its wake. On average they’re a solid B- with room for improvement. Costing five to ten times as much as an elementary school, boards were understandably reluctant to experiment with untried architects for these big brick battleships. Here’s my attempt to catalogue Ottawa’s public high school design (1955-70), with some compare-and-contrast examples from Nepean and Gloucester.”

Read the whole post here…

OttawaStart Staff



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