High School Blues – 2014
A science classroom inside the former Alderwood Collegiate Institute in Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada.
Alderwood Collegiate Institute closed it’s doors as a high school in 1983, although I believe it was still in use for a different purpose until the doors closed permanently in 2006. It sat vacant for about 5 years until the TDSB (Toronto District School Board) sold part of the land to Toronto Lands Corporation (TLC). TLC then sold the property to Urbanoorp in 2012, the building continued to sit vacant falling victim to vandals and copper thieves and deteriorating rather quickly over a two year time period, until it was finally demolished in late 2014. After the demolition Urbancorp had plans to develop the 8.5 acre site into into a mixed residential subdivision under the name Val Homes. I had thought that the project had already been finished but seeing the property on street view from August of last year, it is still just a fenced off construction site. Only time will tell what eventually happens to the land where this former high school once stood.