Stratford Normal School
Stratford Teacher's College
270 Water Street
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1907/01/01 to 1908/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Stratford Normal School is located at 270 Water Street, within Queen's Park. It is situated on the north side of Water Street, east of Queen Street, in the City of Stratford. The three storey, red brick institutional building was constructed from 1907 to 1908.
The property was designated, by the City of Stratford in 2002, for its heritage value, under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act, By-law 2-2002.
Located within the grounds of Queen's Park, the former Stratford Normal School occupies a prominent position in the southwest corner of the park. Montreal Architect, Frederick G. Todd was consulted on the landscape design for the school.
The Stratford Normal School is associated with the Government of Ontario's involvement in the education of teachers during the late 19th and early 20th century. During this period, the government undertook construction of several Normal Schools, to provide regularized training practices, for teachers. The building is one of four Normal Schools constructed in the province at the time (North Bay, Peterborough, Hamilton and Stratford). The school, which became known as the Stratford Teacher's College in 1953, trained close to 14,000 teachers before closing, in 1973.
The Stratford Normal School reflects the Italian Renaissance style of architecture. Of the four Normal Schools built in 1907-1908, the Stratford school is the only one to survive without substantial alterations. The three storey building consists of a rectangular floor plan with a central bay projection, portico entrance and a copper clad dome. The window pattern around the building is a double hung, single pane configuration with pre-cast sills, lintels and voussoirs. There is a continuous brick parapet on all sides adorned with minimal metal detailing.
Source: City of Stratford By-law 2-2002.
Character-defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the Stratford Normal School include its:
- prominent location in Queen's Park
- three storey, red brick exterior
- flat roof
- rectangular floor plan
- projecting frontispiece
- portico entrance
- stained glass First World War memorial Palladian window
- copper dome
- double hung single pane windows
- pre-cast sills, lintels and voussoirs
- brick parapet
Local Governments (ON)
Ontario Heritage Act
Municipal Heritage Designation (Part IV)
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Education and Social Well-Being
Function - Category and Type
- Civic Space
- Special or Training School
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Stratford
Office of the City Clerk Administrator
1 Wellington Street
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