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Ottawa Teachers' College

Ottawa Teachers' College

Photo by contributor Colin Old - Posted October, 2009

Ottawa Teachers' College

Photo by Alan L. Brown - Posted September, 2013

Ottawa Teachers' College

Photo from Google Street View ©2013 Google - Posted September, 2013

Plaque Location

The City of Ottawa
On the northeast corner of Elgin and Lisgar streets
just inside the Elgin Street archway

Coordinates: N 45 25.178 W 75 41.492


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Plaque Text

The Ottawa Teachers' College, or Normal School, designed by the architect W. R. Strickland and built in 1875 by J. Forin, was the second institution of its type to be established in Ontario. The rear wing was added in 1879 to house a model school. The College continued to train teachers for Ontario until 1974. While the general massing of forms, with central and side pavilions, follows the 19th century academic tradition, the use of disparate architectural details including the pointed Gothic window, semi-circular Italianate windows, Romanesque columns and Second Empire roof, reflects the spirit of eclecticism.

Related Ontario plaque
Stratford Normal School 1908

Related Toronto plaques
The Toronto Normal School
Earl Kitchener Public School



Ottawa Plaques

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> Posted September 27, 2013
My Grandmother was a graduate in the 30's and one of a few who also graduated from Queen's University.

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