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Kingsway East School

6650 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1992/11/23

Kingsway East School, north elevation, 1914; City of Burnaby Planning and Building Department Collection
North elevation
Kingway East School, 2003; City of Burnaby, 2003
Oblque view from northwest
Kingsway East School, south elevation, 2003; City of Burnaby, 2003
South elevation

Other Name(s)

Kingsway East School
Alan Emmott Centre
Former Burnaby South High School
Burnaby South Memorial Park

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/03/06

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Kingsway East School is a two storey, wood frame Arts and Crafts styled building located in Burnaby South Memorial Park. The historic place is confined to the footprint of the building.

Heritage Value

This school structure, completed in 1913, is the oldest surviving public education building in the city. It was intended to be the auditorium and gymnasium for Burnaby's first high school. However, because of the 1913 recession and the outbreak of the First World War, it was utilized as the Kingsway East Elementary School for the Edmonds District until 1921. Burnaby South High School opened here in 1922, and after it relocated this building was used for a variety of school purposes until it became redundant. The school was rehabilitated for community purposes in 2002-03 and renamed the Alan Emmott Centre to honor a former Mayor of Burnaby.

The impressive scale of the Kingsway East School is indicative of the relative size of the community and its growing demand for schooling at the time of construction, illustrating the value that early community residents placed on education. Built to plans of the Burnaby School Board architect, Joseph Henry Bowman (1864-1943), it also indicates the individual values and design control exercised by the school board during this era.

It is also significant for its Arts and Crafts style, allied to the typical Craftsman residential vocabulary, which was employed locally for school buildings of the Edwardian era. By using a common architectural vocabulary, this allowed the institution to reflect the values and aspirations of the local community. The Arts and Crafts style also demonstrated an allegiance to British educational antecedents and a demonstration of loyalty to the Mother Country.

Source: Heritage Site Files: PC77000 20. City of Burnaby Planning and Building Department

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the former Kingsway East School include its:
- symetrical massing, high roofline and central entry porch
- side gable roof with central gable wall dormers on the front and rear facades
- fenestration, including banks of windows for natural lighting of the classrooms
- four fire exits, in accordance with Provincial Board of Education guidelines
- Arts and Crafts stylistic elements, such as broad eaves, triangular eave brackets, Tudor inspired gable decoration and mullioned windows
- tall interior floor to ceiling height



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.967

Recognition Type

Heritage Designation

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Function - Category and Type


Recreation Centre


Primary or Secondary School

Architect / Designer

Joseph Henry Bowman



Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Heritage Site Files: PC77000 20. City of Burnaby Planning and Building Department, 4949 Canada Way, Burnaby, B.C., V5G 1M2

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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