In 2009, we had the opportunity to explore Stinson School, an unaltered 19th Century School in Hamilton.
Here is a short article about the history of the school written by a historian and former teacher at the Stinson School: http://www.stinsonschool.com/history.html
We went as part of the Haunted Hamilton "ghost hunt" group. Although we weren't interested in hunting ghosts, it was a wonderful way to explore every inch (and I mean EVERY inch!) of the school - in the dark. The great thing was that even though there were quite a few people on the tour, my exploring partner and I were completely alone most of the time.
The school opened in May 1895 and closed in March of 2009, but it's very nice to see that the building is being preserved.
It was the last time the school was being seen and photographed as a school, as shortly after it was converted into lofts. Interestingly enough, the property was purchased by a man named Harry Stinson (who told us he had no relation to the actual school's namesake). Here is an article about it: http://www.thestar.com/article/674478
Here is a little tidbit from the Haunted Hamilton tour for the paranormal enthusiasts:
"They say footsteps can still be heard within the walls of Stinson School and a gentle breeze can pass by you when there are no windows open in the entire building. Tiny voices can be heard whispering in your ear or a short tug on your clothing can be felt. But to experience the most eerie of places in the building, you have to travel the long, narrow staircase up to the large barn-style attic in the school. It is here where the spirits still linger. For over 100 years, kids attending the Stinson School would not dare venture into this attic, for fear that they might awaken the ghosts that live within!"
Well, we did venture into the attic that hot summer night, but the only footsteps and voices we heard were our own. :)