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Prendergast Centre Association Incorporated

Formerly:Prendergast Elementary School
Address:906 Cottonwood Road
Use:Educational
Original Use:Educational
Constructed:1958
Other Work:Addition in 1963, as well as many other undocumented
Architects:Green Blankstein Russell and Associates; the 1963 addition was by the same firm, then called GBR
Firms:Green Blankstein Russell and Associates

More Information

This was opened in 1958 as Prendergast Elementary School but was closed by the school division and reopened as a large daycare facility as well as a seniors centre, with public rentals of the former auditorium/gym; it is located at the crossroads of the two main streets in Windsor Park. As it is off the books for the school division only limited material was available for study.

Design Characteristics

Suburb:Windsor Park
  • 906 Cottonwood Road is a modest single-storey building arranged in two irregular sections which join at right angles
  • A parking area is sheltered within this angle and a large yard is set to the side and rear
  • The earliest section is the north wing; it is a low frame structure in stucco and brick featuring a shallow hipped roof and broad eaves and with a nicely-detailed entrance of a stylized window grouping and dark brown brick walls; simple sash windows are grouped in ones, twos or threes along the classroom areas
  • A second grouping extends perpendicular along the south side, in a single corridor plan that has kept most of its original details; it terminates on the east end with an auditorium; all sections of the complex are unusual in having a low gabled roof, with raftered eaves in some parts
  • The many additions speak to explosive growth in the neighbourhood in the late 1950s and 1960s
  • The plan lent itself well for adaptation as daycare space with good indoor and outdoor facilities