GRANDE PRAIRIE HIGH SCHOOL
10209 - 99 Street, Grande Prairie, Alberta, T8V, Canada
Central High School
GRANDE PRAIRIE HIGH SCHOOL
Grande Prairie High School
Central Park School
Old Central High School
Prairie Art Gallery
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
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.
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)
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.
Province of Alberta
Historical Resources Act
Provincial Historic Resource
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
- Building Social and Community Life
- Education and Social Well-Being
Function - Category and Type
- Composite School
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, Old St. Stephen's College, 8820 - 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 (File: Des. 971)
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