DARTMOUTH ORIGINAL - ARCHITECTURE EDITION
The building that is now home to The Greenvale Lofts at the corner of Ochterloney Street and Irishtown Road in downtown Dartmouth used to be Greenvale School – an important part of Dartmouth’s history.
The school building was designed by locally famous architect Andrew Cobb and built in 1915. Greenvale School hosted the first kindergarten class in Canada! It was also the first high school in the former City of Dartmouth. Young Dartmouth scholars took classes there until the school was de-commissioned in 1980.
The “new” Greenvale School building was built of brick, which was unusual at the time. The remaining maples trees on the property are the original trees on the school grounds and were uncommon species during the era of construction.
The sculpture you see in the photo, School Chair, was created by local artist Iian Sandler in 2013. Its scholarly design nods to the history of the former Greenvale School. School Chair is made of painted aluminum with an accompanying Pink Pearl eraser-style podium.
DID YOU KNOW? The current building was erected to replace the old wooden Greenvale School that was destroyed by fire. The original building is captured in this historic photo taken in 1897. (Image ID: 1987_032_004) A handwritten note at the bottom states that Henry Moseley stands in the foreground with Ruth, aged 4 years. The woman is not identified.
Thanks to the Dartmouth Heritage Museum - Evergreen House & Quaker House for sharing the historic photo with us! Historical information sourced from https://www.historicplaces.ca.