Saturday, September 29, 2012

Ghost Town - School Section #17

Andy | Saturday, September 29, 2012 | Best Blogger Tips

A brick schoolhouse in the Altona Ghost Town, built in the 1850's, fell victim to fire in 1909. The school that stands today in Altona is therefore of a much later period by nearly fifty years. In June 1909, a call for tenders was advertised for the erection of a new brick schoolhouse for Altona. The building was completed and opened in 1911. For the next fifty-five years the ‘new’ school served the community. Renovations to the basement were made in the early 1960's to accommodate a second school room, and a second teacher was hired. With the advent of the regional school boards, however, the school was closed in 1966 and the students were bused away from Altona. I'm Linking to Weekly Top Shot.

21 comments:

  1. You could make a nice living out of there. Thanks for showing Andy.

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  2. Such a beautiful building. Imagine only needing one teacher??

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  3. I love that you shared the history of this lovely little school.

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    1. I was lucky to find out anything about it.

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  4. Lovely old brick building, they built them to last even, if no longer needed. (And will the Pickering Airport ever get built? - I somehow doubt it.)

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  5. Such a sad story and great example of waste. Here in the county I've seen so many one room schools converted into homes.

    Thank you for sharing a bit of history, Andy. Does it have an SS marking to designate the School Section?

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  6. very beautiful! I love the arched brick above the window & door, not to mention the stone foundation! =)

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  7. I keep thinking I should visit Altona one day! I love to see the inside of that school.

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    1. Just a warning. There are no trespassing signs post on these vacant buildings and the Feds do patrol the area.

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  8. Fabulous picture!! I adore old buildings.

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  9. What a nice old school house. The old ones still left around here are usually wood. I have only seen one brick one. Lovely capture. genie

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  10. What a lovely old school building. It's unusual to see them built of brick. Having taught in the inner city for thirty years, this location looks heavenly.

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  11. A beautiful old building! Too bad it is boarded up and empty. It would make a great home or business!

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  12. I LOVE this school house... Finding and photographing old one/two room schools is a passion of mine... I think it is sad their demise... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #50!

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  13. You don't see very many old school houses in this good of shape. Neat find and history, Andy.

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  14. I hope this beautiful building is able to "live" again one day - an amazing location. Those moody clouds are the perfect touch!

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  15. As an ex-teacher I must say I love this shot!
    Not sure I'd want to be in one room schoolhouse though. :)

    Thanks for visiting my weekly top shot this week!

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