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Normal School

Photo Credit: Thomas Rasmussen

Address

501 W 12th Ave, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

Mount Pleasant

Type

Commercial

Protection

D

Significance

A

Description

The Normal School was built from 1908 to 1909 by architects Pearce & Hope. Grouped with the Model School next door, the Normal School was built as a provincial institute for teacher training. The name “Normal” derives from the French Ecole Normale Supérieure (“norms” of practice).

The structure was intended to face 11th Avenue, but the road was never built through this area. Formality is expressed through the use of stained glass and a prominent interior staircase. Both the Normal and Model Schools were adapted into City Square Mall in 1989 by Paul Merrick Architects.

In 2017, Normal School was awarded a City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Recognition recognizing the careful restoration of the entrance, including the removal of unsympathetic repairs and providing a comprehensive seismic upgrade.

Source

Vancouver Heritage Inventory Summary Report Phase II 1986