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Fort William Collegiate Institute

521 Marks Street South
Constructed: 1907
Architect: R.E. Mason

Built to address the increasing need for a secondary school in Fort William, F.W.C.I. is three-and-a-half storeys high and is constructed of brick and stone. Originally holding less than 10 rooms, the high school underwent massive reconstruction in 1918 when a vocational wing was added. A second wing was added in 1925, and a third in 1970. The building features large stone columns spanning the second to third storey. The oak doors of the main entrance as well as the woodwork in the lobby area add to the stately decor of the structure. Because of low enrolment due to an aging population, as well as the need for costly repairs and renovations, the Lakehead Public School Board closed F.W.C.I. in 2005.  Planning is currently underway for the building to be renovated for residential use.

Fort William Collegiate Institute