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Port Arthur Collegiate Institute

401 Red River Road
Constructed: 1909
Architect: Henry Simpson

This building, constructed of Simpson Island stone, is an example of the Queen Anne style that was in common use from the 1880s to the 1910s. When the school board made the initial plan for the building, it was decided that it should be "erected for posterity, and not be of the 'shack' order," so they chose the stately Queen Anne style.  Alterations in 1925 resulted in the addition of four more classrooms. These alterations used stone in an attempt to blend into the original building, but a gymnasium planned in 1964 and completed in 1974 provoked controversy as its design was incompatible with the rest of the school. Due to decreasing enrolment, the Public School Board closed P.A.C.I. in 2007 and the building has since been purchased by Lakehead University.

Port Arthur Collegiate Institute

 

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