Old Coleman High School - Coleman, AB
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N 49° 38.081 W 114° 30.160
11U E 680319 N 5501009
Quick Description: Not the first school, or even the first high school, in Coleman, this one was built as an addition to the Coleman Central School, which was also not the first in Coleman.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 7/27/2020 4:10:29 PM
Waymark Code: WM12WR7
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:
Closed in 1971, this school has been well repurposed to the Crowsnest Museum.

The Crowsnest Historical Society was formed in 1973. In 1981 the historical society acquired the Coleman High School and in 1985 the Crowsnest Museum opened its doors to the public. This is the only museum of its size in the Crowsnest, relating the history of this coal mining locality and of the Canadian Pacific Railroad, which actually gave life to the Alberta Crowsnest region.
The Old Coleman High School is a two-storey, brick and wood frame structure in a mid-century neo-classical style, located on six lots on 18th Avenue in the community of Coleman, in the Municipality of Crowsnest Pass.

The heritage value of the Old Coleman High School lies in its importance as an educational and social institution in the Crowsnest Pass, and in its representation of the standardized school architecture in Alberta in the interwar period.

The International Cola and Coke Company had created the Town of Coleman in 1903. Before 1937, high school classes were taught in neighbouring Blairmore or rental locations throughout Coleman, but the maturing student population heightened the demand for classroom space and the Coleman School Board decided to construct its own, central, secondary school. Unlike other high schools in the Crowsnest Pass, the Coleman High School had an auditorium; this permitted extra-curricular activities and community services, such as night school classes in English for the large immigrant community. The Coleman High School continued to operate until 1963.

The Old Coleman High School is also significant as an example of the standard building plans used by the province in the interwar period. The school was built according to the Department of Education's Plan No. SP-1108; this combined elements of Modern, classical revival and Collegiate Gothic into an appropriately low-budget but not completely styleless building in a design recognizable as a mid-century educational institution. The High School thus reflects the provincial government's control over school design and construction in rural Alberta in the first half of the twentieth century.

The character-defining elements of the Old Coleman High School include features of the standard school design SP-118, such as:
- form, scale and massing;
- Modernist lack of decorative elements;
- red brick facade with decorative designs above the upper level windows;
-a stone string course at the level of the second floor windows and a stone capping the building, which suggests a cornice;
- central entrance tower typical of Gothic revival style academic buildings;
- paired double-hung windows;
- the original school yard remains intact allowing for unimpeded views of all four building elevations.

Original remaining elements and fittings of the interior of the Old Coleman High School such as:
- the staircase;
- flooring;
- ceiling;
- the auditorium and stage;
- doors;
- light fixtures;
- baseboards and trim.
From Historic Places Canada
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Official Heritage Registry: [Web Link]

7701 18th Avenue
Coleman, AB
T0K 0M0

Heritage Registry Page Number: Not listed

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