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Dickson Public School 1876

Cambridge, Ontario

Location Owner mobileworks
Creation Date Apr 21 2014
Status Closed
Category Educational
Location Cambridge, Ontario
Site number #10301

Across from one of Doom's locations lies more doom and gloom as the sun sets on another landmark. Another old school [138 year old], this one in Cambridge, too hard or costly for upgrades, will be closed June 2014. The cost of the school including the furniture was less than $6,000 back in the day. The school was named after the son of Galt's founder, William Dickson Jr., as it was his 2 lots that he was persuaded to sell for $850. It looks like he would have rather placed a nice mansion there, with that view. He lived at 16 Byng Avenue Cambridge[built 1832 and less than a mile from the school] and the house at 10 Byng[steep roof] was the gatehouse but it was meant for a much larger house[than 16 Byng] that was never built. Another house is built between now. This school contains 8 classrooms and a full basement. There are 6 large windows in each room. The double hung windows have a 6 over 6 glazing pattern. The exterior walls are made from neatly cut limestone and stressed for incredible strength in the corners[corner quoining], probably from the old Quarry near Guelph. It has vernacular Scottish Georgian features [box-like structure and symmetry, use of limestone], as well as Italianate features such as the hip roofline and bracketed cornice on the walls. The bell tower was added in 1887. Interior photos when or if approved , please check back. more info; Link in links or ; http://www.cambridgetimes.ca/news-story/4472934-private-goodbye-for-dickson-ps-after-public-battle-to-keep-it-open/

Latlng: (43.355340, -80.320722)

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avatar of ishootthings
ishootthings As of 2020, this place still has power and continual money is still dropped into it. There is the lips for a parking lot there now and a decent chunk of the lot tore up for the future. Looks like card locks because all the doors have lights near the locks. Alarmed too I''d wager.
May 21 2020
avatar of mobileworks
mobileworks It is marked closed, not abandoned.
Jun 20 2014
avatar of RedPyramid1187
RedPyramid1187 I don't think it's abandoned do to the lights that come on around it.
Jun 05 2014
avatar of glueguy
glueguy It could pass for a prison these days!
Apr 22 2014
avatar of mobileworks
mobileworks Yes I agree, even though the continual upgrades needed and retrofitting for a school might eventually destroy its look inside, it wouldn't be as much as maybe the future owners might change for a store, gov. bldg or condos. aarrgghh! The lack in visual presence after June is a concern as well.
Apr 22 2014
avatar of superss
superss Too bad.
Apr 22 2014