Westglen School — 1940

Westglen School, photo by James Dow

Westglen School, photo by James Dow

10950 127 Street

Designed by: Rule Wynn and Rule Architects
Built by: H.G. MacDonald
Original Owner: Edmonton Public School Board

Westglen School, originally Westglen High School in Westmount was built to alleviate school crowding in Edmonton during the early stages of World War II. A building permit was issued on July 6, 1940 and the official opening was held on November 30, 1940, officiated by A.E. Ottewell, Chair of the Edmonton Public School Board, and Dr. G. Fred McNally, Deputy Minister of the Department of Education. The opening program described the school as a “beauteous streamlined edifice” with the “latest developments of education for this continent.”  

Westglen School, photo by James Dow.

Westglen School, photo by James Dow.

Westglen School is an excellent example of the Moderne Style of architecture and is typified by the balanced weaving of vertical and horizontal compositions, the use of clean horizontal lines, flat roofs, stucco cladding, horizontal emphasis in the window design and continuous perimeter horizontal stucco bands with additional ‘speed lines’ at the corners and articulated v-shaped stucco-clad buttresses ‘supporting’ the gymnasium.

Westglen School, 1945. Edmonton Archives EA-38-5

Westglen School, 1945. Edmonton Archives EA-38-5


SEE ALSO:

“Westglen School”
Lawrence Herzog, It’s Our Heritage, Vol 28 No 47, November 25, 2010 

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