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Alderwood Collegiate Institute


Discovered by TommyKnocker
Created Sep 10 2013
Recent status Demolished
Category Educational
City Toronto, Ontario
Location # 9554
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Opening its doors on September 6, 1955, Alderwood Collegiate Institute was the first public high school in the area. It closed in June 1983. During this time, the site was used for the filming of the CBC children's series The Edison Twins. Alderwood reopened in the summer of 1985 as Father John Redmond Catholic Secondary School, an outlet of Etobicoke's first Catholic high school, Michael Power/St. Joseph High School. Due to poor building conditions, F.J.R. was forced to move out of Alderwood to its new campus in September 2006. In 2010, the building was used once more when Steven Spielberg used it as the set for his television series Falling Skies.

From captainmorgan, August 2014: This abandoned school in Etobicoke used to be home to Father John Redmond Catholic School, and before that, the Alderwood Collegiate Institute which existed from 1955 to 1982. After that it became part of the then newly formed Catholic school board. The school then operated until 2006, when it closed due to being in a bad state of disrepair.

This building has some very interesting features, such as the tiny triangular bird sanctuary tucked in between walls and accessible through a glass wall in the library. The birds indeed are still there, and en masse they can be a little bit Hitchkokian at dusk. There is also a swing made from a shopping cart in the gym, and perhaps the most interesting, the space between the roof and the ceiling of the auditorium. It is full of wooden walkways and rafters, chains and a lot of strange equipment. One can only imagine how excited a student at the school might have been to discover that place.

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DartRecordsMusic It's torn down now sadly

Mar 21 2015  • 0 like(s)
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Unknown user i was here when the construction workers were preparing to demolish, it was like an exhilarating game of cat and mouse

Nov 22 2014  • 0 like(s)

DARKMAN The bomb that went off here is being cleaned up. If you go now, it will look like you got "before" pictures.

Jul 31 2014  • 0 like(s)

superss I was by here about a week ago, it looks like a bomb went off, it's so ridiculous, all I could do was laugh. Almost a year ago I was driving by it to go to a friends party, I thought the developers were preparing it as a sales centre. The difference in a year is incredible, it's obvious the developers don't care. I can't believe the city hasn't ordered it's demolition.

Jul 28 2014  • 0 like(s)

timekeeper Went by a few weeks ago while waiting for the sun to go down and climb some roofs, made for some cool light. I ran into some very strange Spanish couple walking around inside with their two your children. The mom asked me if I am afraid being in here alone and told me to be careful - which was funny because she was allowing her 7 and 9 year olds to walk through all that broken glass and dick tags

May 27 2014  • 0 like(s)

Motleykiwi Been here several times and tried returning last weekend. I lasted about a minute as there were kids smashing out windows and starting fires in the auditorium. This place is going to hell, such a shame.

May 22 2014  • 0 like(s)

Finz519 It's sad to see what has happened to this place in the past... What 6 months? Ugh!

Apr 22 2014  • 0 like(s)

DARKMAN Kids are trashing this place severely. I actually stood the big counter in the "brain" room back up. Broke my fricken back.

Mar 28 2014  • 0 like(s)

Kenndruuh Totally trashed. I didn't see a homeless guy, but the nice salesman in the front allowed us to go in. There was another group of kids inside too. Popular place, I guess.

Mar 05 2014  • 0 like(s)

crazycarclub Met a friendly homeless guy living here yesterday. Thanked me for not kicking him out. Musta thought i belonged there. Lol.

Feb 16 2014  • 0 like(s)

Miche I was dying to make it into the gym so went back yesterday for another visit. Came across a anti-social scrapper! We hid from each other for a good 30min and eventually I poked my head around the corner. He saw me and took off with a heap of metal framing in his hands. Made it to the gym. Neato!

Jan 18 2014  • 0 like(s)

rashomon After our explore we went to check out the sales office and inquired about the prices with cameras around our necks. We even said "Good day Sir" to the security as we were leaving ... LOL ... and yes, camera around neck ... LOL :-P

Nov 04 2013  • 0 like(s)

Miche When I was here there was an open house thing going on inside in what I think was the cafeteria. We could hear voices coming from the other side of the wall. Whoa...followed by very slow back-stepping.

Nov 03 2013  • 0 like(s)

rashomon Security on site. Becareful. Make sure you practice your ninjitsu kata before embarking on this high stealth mission.

Nov 03 2013  • 0 like(s)

Miche Yeah that was me!! Sweet, looks like you guys had a blast!

Oct 30 2013  • 0 like(s)