Ecole Élémentaire Gabrielle Roy, Pembroke Street, Toronto

Dan Chalykoff Heritage Consultancy Project
Image courtesy of Archives of Ontario.

Formerly the Duke of York Public School, this majestic building was designed by C. E. Cyril Dyson, Architect, in about 1929. It was opened as a school in the autumn of 1930 where an address from the Duke of York, who had formally granted permission for the use of his title, was read out to the audience to resounding applause. Different time, different values. That Duke of York was The Prince Albert, son of George V. A few years later he became George VI, some of whose challenges were portrayed in the movie, The King’s Speech.

My work involved assessing the windows throughout the building which were slated for replacement. I acted as a sub-consultant to Robertson Simmons Architects Inc. Some beautifully detailed steel frame windows with operating and fixed sashes measured, drawn, and placed into categories of contexts to make replacement schedules more easily intelligible. Some of the measured drawings and window details follow. Gorgeous building with visibly Romanesque, Art Nouveau, and Gothic influences all thrown into the hopper.

Dan Chalykoff Heritage Consultancy Project

West Elevation – South Half

Dan Chalykoff Heritage Consultancy Project

West Elevation – North Half

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East Elevation – South Half

Dan Chalykoff Heritage Consultancy Project

East Elevation – North Half

Dan Chalykoff Heritage Consultancy Project

North Elevation

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South Elevation

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Window Elevations

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Assorted Window Details