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A couple of years ago, another clarinettist suggested I change groups. He gave me
the directions to the Legion Hall where they practised. That evening I was running late,
so followed the directions, parked the car, rushed up the stairs and arrived just as
things were starting. I sat down and focused on the music.
After a few minutes, I started to consider where I was. The Legion Hall had obviously
had a previous career as a school, and there couldn't be that many early 20th-century
schools in that part of town. Then it struck me: I had attended this very school in grade
six, and I was sitting in my old classroom.
The building had been unsympathetically renovated, the windows crudely covered over,
and any surrounding vegetation disposed of, leaving it sitting stiffly on its site. Many of
the interior walls had been removed, so there was no semblance of my old classroom,
save the door leading into the old-fashioned cloakroom. But, the staircase (marked
"girls," but that era was already over when I was there), upon a bit of consideration, created immediate resonance. Wonderful memories flowed from the back recesses of my
brain: the projects I had worked on, my friends, even the artwork posted on the walls.
It was obviously not the specifics of the building that stirred these memories - most
of the building features were long gone - but somehow the building itself created an
association with a landmark year, characterized by a memorable teacher who worked
hard to inspire young minds.
And a few months ago, during a practice, one of the other band members informed
me that my Grade Six teacher had just passed away in her nineties. Can you imagine -
finding out about the demise of one of your most memorable teachers while actually
sitting in her classroom, so many decades later?
All of this, from what otherwise was an ordinary school of its time, thankfully converted
into a Legion Hall, when so many of its contemporaries have been lost. Every time I walk
through the doors and up that staircase, that same happy, warm feeling re-emerges.
Some things however remain an enigma. Perhaps I had not fully explored the building
when I was in grade six, but I don't recall there being a bar on the ground floor.

There are
buildings
that, when
I encounter
them, I feel
a cosy warm
feeling, and
memories
flood back.

IAN ELLINGHAM is an architect living in St. Catharines Ontario. He is Chair of the Built Environment
Open Forum and of the Right Angle Editorial Committee

VIMY
by DAVID PEARCE, OAA, MRAIC

f I think about architecture which I have experienced and which
has stirred my soul, many images come into my head: Gaudí's
incredible Art Nouveau interpretation of Gothic in the Sagrada
Familia; the whimsy and experimentation of Wright's Home
and Office in Oak Park; the wonder of the Parthenon; the quiet
splendor of Ephesus; the pure simplicity of Mies's Barcelona Pavilion;
the Louvre Pyramid by I.M. Pei. These all count.
But one place stands out from all the rest. Although I was aware
of its importance as a monument, I was unprepared for its power to
overtake my emotions. It was a destination on our itinerary slated
for the sixth day of our trip, which happened to be April 9, 2015 - an extremely
significant date, given our destination, but a bit of a fluke and we realized it
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Message from the Board
Introduction to The Right Angle Journal
Places
Allied Arts & Professions: Light-Colour-Darkness
Index to Advertisers
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