Back in May I took this photo of a building I couldn't identify. Quite sizeable, it sits perched on the south east hillside corner of Edinburgh and Bethune.
I always approached it from the east, which shows a walkout basement made of stone.
It reminded me of nineteenth century French country houses, but it reminded me even more of 1860s era schools. The 1875 Romaine map shows an empty lot, one of two lots owned by James Donnell that comprised the east side of Bethune Street from Dublin to Edinburgh. I wondered if it was some special private school. I couldn't find any reference to such a place on Edinburgh, but kept it on the back burner in case I came across something.
This lovely gothic style home was built c. 1887, about twenty years older than I thought. It was originally a caretakers lodge for the George A. Cox estate, and was sold to William Morrow after Cox's death. The gorgeous barge board trim is original.
Four Victorian era public schools are still
standing in Peterborough.
Central School started as a log cabin that doubled as a
church on Sundays.The first brick
building, Peterborough Union School (1860), included both elementary and high
school, and was an Italianate building with a four-storey central tower.The tower was unfortunately deemed unsafe and
cut in half in the late 1960s.
In 1871, a second building for elementary students was added
to the west, and the first building was used for the high school.The new building was expanded in 1891.By 1895, it was necessary to also rent a
manor house on George Street (Menzies House, demolished in the mid 20th
century) to accommodate the student overflow.Plans were made to erect a new high school.Peterborough was a relatively wealthy town,
but the project still took over a decade to complete.The new high school (Peterborough Collegiate)
was finally opened on McDonnel Street in 1908.