Midcentury Gothic Revival Workout

It has been quite some time since I wrote anything, so it’s time to get back on that horse. What better way than to begin with a very short hit.

Lisgar Collegiate's "South Building" Image: June 2014.
Lisgar Collegiate’s “South Building” Image: June 2014.

The gymnasium (or South Building) at Lisgar Collegiate blends (at least to my less-than-honed eye) the pleasingly clean sensibilities of midcentury modern design with the existing Gothic Revival style of Lisgar’s main building. Designed by A.J. Hazelgrove and J. Albert Ewart, the gymnasium was constructed in 1952 and was part of the Collegiate Board’s plans to expand their facilities to serve the growing population in Ottawa. When it, along with Fisher Park High School, was planned in 1948, it had more to do with the then-impending annexation by Ottawa of large swaths of Gloucester and Nepean Townships than it did with population growth. On another occasion, I will see that the issues surrounding it (the 1950 Annexation) are well fleshed out.

That makes three long-standing long-form articles now: my version of Chinese Democracy. Hopefully nowhere near as disappointing.


  1. I know you posted this one before we met, but I just wanted to add that I went to Lisgar for high school from 2000-04. That building not only contains a gym, but several classrooms as well. There are two (three?) music rooms – one for strings, one for wind instruments, and one practice room (I think).

    The music room for wind instruments was where I spent the bulk of my time playing french horn in both music class and band practice. Although I never got official confirmation, my impression was that the room was originally used to teach auto-shop. There are vestiges of shop equipment and an unexplained garage door that won’t open.

    Of course, Lisgar is well known for its practical and vocational programs :P.

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