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Dickson Public School 1876


Discovered by mobileworks
Created Apr 21 2014
Recent status Closed
Category Educational
City Cambridge, Ontario
Location # 10301
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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 ;

Latlng: (43.35534, -80.320722)


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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  • 0 like(s)

mobileworks It is marked closed, not abandoned.

Jun 20 2014  • 0 like(s)

RedPyramid1187 I don't think it's abandoned do to the lights that come on around it.

Jun 05 2014  • 0 like(s)

glueguy It could pass for a prison these days!

Apr 22 2014  • 0 like(s)

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  • 0 like(s)

superss Too bad.

Apr 22 2014  • 0 like(s)