Sandstone schools

Sandstone City: A series looking at the people, architecture and culture of Calgary’s sandstone glory days

Sandstone schools thriving as educators and more in Calgary

Constructed after a fire in 1886 wiped out more than a dozen wooden buildings in downtown, today’s inner-city sandstone schools stand out as daily reminders of Calgary’s storied past.

According to the Chinook Country Historical Society, 19 sandstone schools were built in the city between 1894 and 1914, helping earn Calgary the moniker “Sandstone City.”

Here’s a breakdown of how some fit into Calgary’s landscape today. (more…)

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