1.             DESIGNATION OF DEVONSHIRE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 100 BREEZEHILL AVENUE NORTH UNDER PART IV OF THE ONTARIO HERITAGE ACT

 

DÉSIGNATION DE L’ÉCOLE PUBLIQUE DEVONSHIRE, SITUÉE AU 100, AVENUE BREEZEHILL NORD, AUX TERMES DE LA PARTIE IV DE LA LOI SUR LE PATRIMOINE DE L’ONTARIO

 

 

Committee recommendationS AS AMENDED

 

That Council approve the designation of Devonshire Public School, 100 Breezehill Avenue North under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in accordance with the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value, attached as Document 4, subject to the following:

 

a.         The sequence of spaces comprising the formal entrance, including the original vestibule screen, the original hall screen and the corner stone plaques be included in the designation;

b.         The 1974 gymnasium not be included in the designation.

 

 

RecommandationS modifiÉeS du Comité

 

Que le Conseil municipal approuve la désignation de l’école publique Devonshire, située au 100, avenue Breezehill Nord, aux termes de la Loi sur le patrimoine de l’Ontario, conformément à l’énoncé des raisons motivant la désignation de biens ayant une valeur sur le plan du patrimoine culturel, qui font l’objet du document 4, ci-annexé, sous réserve de ce qui suit :

 

a.         la désignation englobe les espaces successifs formant l’entrée d’origine, y compris le grillage original du vestibule, le grillage original de la salle et les plaques de coin en pierre;

b.         la désignation ne comprenne pas le gymnase datant de 1974.

 

 

Documentation

 

1.      Deputy City Manager's report Planning, Transit and the Environment dated 2 June 2008 (ACS2008-PTE-PLA-0128).

 

2.      LACAC Extract of Draft Minutes of 12 June 2008.

 


Report to/Rapport au :

 

Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee

Comité consultatif sur la conservation de l'architecture locale

 

and / et

 

Planning and Environment Committee

Comité de l'urbanisme et de l'environnement

 

and Council / et au Conseil

 

02 June 2008 / le 02 juin 2008

 

Submitted by/Soumis par : Nancy Schepers,
Deputy City Manager / Directrice municipale adjointe,

Planning, Transit and the Environment/

Urbanisme, Transport en commun et Environnement

 

Contact Person/Personne Ressource : Grant Lindsay, Manager / Gestionnaire, Development Approvals / Approbation des demandes d'aménagement, Planning Branch/Direction de l'urbanisme

(613) 580-2424, 13242  Grant.Lindsay@ottawa.ca

 

Kitchissippi (15)

Ref N°: ACS2008-PTE-PLA-0128

 

 

SUBJECT:

Designation of Devonshire Public school, 100 breezehill avenue north under part iv of the ontario heritage act

 

 

OBJET :

DÉSIGNATION DE L’ÉCOLE PUBLIQUE DEVONSHIRE, SITUÉE AU 100, AVENUE BREEZEHILL NORD, AUX TERMES DE LA PARTIE IV DE LA LOI SUR LE PATRIMOINE DE L’ONTARIO

 

 

REPORT RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee recommend that the Planning and Environment Committee recommend Council approve the designation of Devonshire Public School, 100 Breezehill Avenue North under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in accordance with the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value, attached as Document 4.

 


RECOMMANDATION DU RAPPORT

 

Que le Comité consultatif sur la conservation de l’architecture locale recommande au Comité de l’urbanisme et de l’environnement de recommander à son tour au Conseil municipal d’approuver la désignation de l’école publique Devonshire, située au 100, avenue Breezehill Nord, aux termes de la Loi sur le patrimoine de l’Ontario, conformément à l’énoncé des raisons motivant la désignation de biens ayant une valeur sur le plan du patrimoine culturel, qui font l’objet du document 4, ci-annexé.

 

 

BACKGROUND

 

In March 2007 the Hintonburg Community Association submitted a request to the Department to have Devonshire Public School designated under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act for its cultural heritage value. In June 2007 the Superintendent of Facilities at the Ottawa Carleton District School Board was notified of this request and informed that he would be notified when a report was scheduled to be presented to the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee (LACAC).

 

 

DISCUSSION

 

Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act gives municipalities the authority to designate properties of cultural heritage value.  In order to be designated, the City’s Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee considers the designation and makes a recommendation to Planning and Environment Committee and City Council.  The Act requires that a statement of the property’s cultural heritage value or interest, including its heritage attributes, be prepared and published in a local newspaper.  The Official Plan states that, “Individual buildings, structures and cultural heritage landscapes will be designated as properties of cultural heritage value under Part IV of the Heritage Act.”

 

Research conducted by staff confirmed that Devonshire Public School, which is included on the Heritage Reference List, has cultural heritage value and is worthy of protection under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.  Ontario Regulation 09/06 outlines the criteria for determining cultural heritage value or interest (see Document 2). 

 

Hintonburg became part of Ottawa in 1908 and soon after the School Board purchased land on Breezehill Avenue for a new school.  Originally called Breeze Hill Avenue School, Devonshire Public School was constructed in 1910 to the designs of W.B. Garvock, the School Board’s architect, as an eight-room school. In 1920, the building was expanded and a new façade constructed to the designs W.C. Beattie, Garvock’s successor.  Finally, in 1931, another architect, W.K. Jeffery, designed further additions.  In 1921 when the building re-opened, the ceremony was presided over by the Governor-General, the Duke of Devonshire, and renamed in his honour.  The construction of three additions within a period of 30 years illustrates how quickly the Hintonburg neighbourhood was growing during the first decades of the 20th century. 

 

The school also provided community space. 

 

The design of Devonshire Public School with its large windows, classrooms with high ceilings, doors with transoms, wide corridors and elaborate built-in cupboards reflects the theories of education popular at the time. Classrooms were designed to maximize natural light and to ensure healthy air circulation and to make it easier for teachers to conduct their duties. 

 

Devonshire Public School meets a number of the criteria in Ontario Regulation 09/06; it is a representative example of Ottawa public school architecture from the beginning of the 20th century.  The school has direct associations with the early history of the Hintonburg neighbourhood and was one of its important institutions, and is the work of public School Board’s architects who contributed to the development of a distinctive style of school architecture in the city and it is a community landmark.

 

CONSULTATION

 

The Dalhousie Community Association, Heritage Ottawa and the Ward Councillor, Christine Leadman, are aware of the proposed designation under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act.

 

The Department notified the Ottawa Carleton Public School Board of the community’s request for designation in June 2007. In May 2008, the Department informed the Ottawa Carleton District School Board that a report was to be considered by the LACAC on June 12, 2008.

 

If Council approves the recommendations in this report, a “Notice of Intention to Designate” is published in the Citizen and Le Droit in accordance with the Ontario Heritage Act.  Anyone wishing to object to the proposed designation may do so within thirty days of the publication of the “Notice.”  If there are objections, a Conservation Review Board hearing is scheduled to hear them and report to Council. Following the hearing Council can either uphold the designation or withdraw it. The property owner is informed by letter of this procedure.

 

FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS

 

The cost of the statutory advertising in the “Ottawa Citizen” and “Le Droit” shall be paid from the 2008 Operating budget of the Planning Branch, account number 112762-502210.

 

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION

 

Document 1      Location Map

Document 2      Regulation 09/06

Document 3      Heritage Survey and Evaluation Form

Document 4      Statement of Cultural Heritage Value


DISPOSITION

 

City Clerk’s Branch, to notify the property owner (The Ottawa Carleton District School Board, 133 Greenbank Road, Ottawa, Ontario, K2H 6L3) and the Ontario Heritage Trust (10 Adelaide Street, 3rd Floor, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1J3) of Council’s decision to designate Devonshire Public School, 100 Breezehill North, Ottawa under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act. 

 

Planning, Transit and the Environment Department, Planning Branch to advertise the Notice of Intention to Designate and subsequent Notice of the passage of the designation by-law.

 

Legal Services Branch to prepare the designation by-law and submit it to City Council for enactment and register the by-law on title following passage by Council. 


LOCATION MAP                                                                                                    DOCUMENT 1


 

ONTARIO REGULATION 9/06                                                                             DOCUMENT 2

 

Ontario Heritage Act

ONTARIO REGULATION 9/06

CRITERIA FOR DETERMINING CULTURAL HERITAGE VALUE OR INTEREST

Consolidation Period: From January 25, 2006 to the e-Laws currency date.

No amendments.

This is the English version of a bilingual regulation.

Criteria

1.  (1)  The criteria set out in subsection (2) are prescribed for the purposes of clause 29 (1) (a) of the Act. O. Reg. 9/06, s. 1 (1).

(2)  A property may be designated under section 29 of the Act if it meets one or more of the following criteria for determining whether it is of cultural heritage value or interest:

1. The property has design value or physical value because it,

i. is a rare, unique, representative or early example of a style, type, expression, material or construction method,

ii. displays a high degree of craftsmanship or artistic merit, or

iii. demonstrates a high degree of technical or scientific achievement.

2. The property has historical value or associative value because it,

i. has direct associations with a theme, event, belief, person, activity, organization or institution that is significant to a community,

ii. yields, or has the potential to yield, information that contributes to an understanding of a community or culture, or

iii. demonstrates or reflects the work or ideas of an architect, artist, builder, designer or theorist who is significant to a community.

3. The property has contextual value because it,

i. is important in defining, maintaining or supporting the character of an area,

ii. is physically, functionally, visually or historically linked to its surroundings, or

iii. is a landmark. O. Reg. 9/06, s. 1 (2).

Transition

2.  This Regulation does not apply in respect of a property if notice of intention to designate it was given under subsection 29 (1.1) of the Act on or before January 24, 2006. O. Reg. 9/06, s. 2.

 


HERITAGE SURVEY AND EVALUATION FORM                                           DOCUMENT 3

 

 

HERITAGE SURVEY AND EVALUATION FORM

 

 

Address

100 Breezehill Avenue

 

Building name

Devonshire Public School

 

Construction date

1910, 1920

 

Original owner

Ottawa Public School Board

 

 

 

 

 PHASE ONE EVALUATION

 

Potential significance

Considerable

Some

Limited

None

 

 

Design

 

2

 

 

 

 

History

3

 

 

 

 

 

Context

 

2

 

 

 

 

Phase One Score

                                                 

                                          7  / 9

 

 

Phase Two Classification

 

         1

          

        2       

 

       3

 

         4

 

 


 

 

Design or Physical Value

 

 

prepared by: Brittney A. Bos

 

month/year: May 2007

 

Architecture (style, building type, expression, material, construction method)

 

 

Devonshire Public School is a dark brick, two storey structure with reinforced concrete construction. It was originally designed in 1910 by W.C. Garvock, the Public School Board’s architect, as an eight room school in the expanding west end community. In 1920, a new façade was added by W. C. Beattie in the Collegiate Gothic style. This style, popular in the early decades of the 20th century, and characterized by plain stone or brick boxes embellished with Gothic and/or Tudor detailing. W.K. Jeffery completed further additions in 1931, when Devonshire became an intermediate school. Architectural features of the building include; stone detailing, Tudor arched openings, brick and stone trimmed porches, and basement wood window assemblies.

 

 

Craftsmanship/Artistic merit

 

 

Stone trim was used as decorative elements on the brick walls and porches. Cut stone features and ornamentation is characteristic of the Collegiate Gothic style.

 

 

Technical/Scientific merit

 

 

N/A

 

 

Summary

 

 

Devonshire Public School is representative of a transition period in Ottawa school architecture. The basic plan and massing are characteristic of earlier Ottawa schools by W.B. Garvock, such as the Crichton Public  School (1906), but the Tudoresque details are more characteristic of the W.C. Beattie schools, such as York Street school (1921).

 

 

Sources

 

 

Elder, Ken. Devonshire Community Public School Heritage Value Statement 1.0 (2004); Citizen March 1 1949; Cummings, H.R. The City of Ottawa Public Schools.

 

 


 


 

Historical and Associative Value

 

 

prepared by: Brittney A. Bos

 

month/year: May 2007

 

Date of construction (factual/estimated)

 

 

1910, 1920

 

Themes/Events/Persons/Institutions

 

 

At the time of its opening in 1910, the school was called Breezehill Avenue Public School. When the remodelled and enlarged school was reopened in 1921, it was renamed ‘Devonshire’ for the Duke of Devonshire, Governor General at the time, who attended the opening ceremonies. In 1931 Devonshire Public School became the intermediate school for the west end. Devonshire Public School is representative of the Ottawa public board’s architectural and institutional history.

 

 

Community History

 

 

Soon after Hintonburg became a part of Ottawa in 1908, the city secured the Slater Estate on the west side of Breezehill Avenue for the location of a new public school. Characterized by overcrowding and thus multiple expansions, Devonshire Public School represents a phase in the rapid growth and development of the west end community in the early decades of the twentieth century. For several years, the Devonshire school housed the Sunshine Class of Crippled Children, as well as provided space for a variety of local community groups.

 

 

Designer/Architect

 

 

1910 – W.B. Garvock architect; A. Garvock, J. and C. Low, A. Bowman and Son et al contractors: $48523

1920 – W.C. Beattie architect

1931 – W.K. Jeffery architect.

1974 – Alistair M. Ross architect

Garvock, Beatty and Jeffery were the Board’s architects and designed many of the city’s early 20th century schools.

 

 

Summary

 

 

Devonshire Public School is an architectural representation of the rapid growth and development of the west end soon after it was subsumed by the city of Ottawa in 1908. It is one of three public schools within the former City of Ottawa from the same period named after a Governor General. The school is significant within the context of the development of the community and as an example of Ottawa school board architecture. 

 

 

 

Sources

 

 

Same as above

 

 


 

 

Contextual Value

 

 

prepared by: Brittney A. Bos

 

month/year: May 2007

 

 

 

 

Community Character

 

 

The school is a place of transition between an industrial area and a residential neighborhood. To the rear is a high rise apartment building. There are examples of residential housing from the period of the school in the area.

 

 

Context/Links to Surroundings

 

 

The school is surrounded by housing typical of the era. The school remains an important aesthetic feature in the neighborhood, and reinforces the community’s heritage character.

 

 

Landmark

 

 

As a community school, Devonshire is a local landmark.

 

 

Summary

 

 

Devonshire Public School and its surroundings reflect and document the historical roots of the community. The school is also an important feature within the surrounding streetscape and local neighbourhood.

 

 


 

STATEMENT OF CULTURAL HERITAGE VALUE                                        DOCUMENT 4

 

Description of Property – Devonshire Public School

100 Breezehill Avenue

Devonshire Public School is located in the community of Hintonburg in Ottawa.

 

Statement of Cultural Heritage Value or Interest

Devonshire Public School’s cultural heritage value lies in its Collegiate Gothic architectural style, its history and its contextual importance within the Hintonburg neighbourhood. 

 

Breezehill Avenue Public School was designed in the popular Collegiate Gothic style by Ottawa Board of Education architect W.B. Garvock. The rapid growth of the west end caused overcrowding and an addition, including a new façade, was added in 1920 by Garvock’s successor, W.C. Beattie, who also added the Tudor detailing. When the school was reopened in 1921, the opening ceremonies were attended by the Duke of Devonshire, the Governor General at the time, and the school was renamed ‘Devonshire’ in his honour.  W.K. Jeffery designed a gymnasium that was in 1931.

 

Devonshire Public School’s Collegiate Gothic style is typical of Ottawa schools of this era. It features the Tudor arch entranceway, stone and brick details and stone foundation common to these structures. Its large windows and plan reflect its use as a school and the emphasis placed on providing adequate light and air circulation.

 

Devonshire Public School’s contextual value lies in its associations with the community of Hintonburg. It was built soon after the community became a part of the City of Ottawa in 1908. Located at the eastern edge of the neighbourhood, the school is set beside its school yard and has a front lawn facing the street.

 

Description of Heritage Attributes

Key elements that define Devonshire Public School as a good example of Collegiate Gothic as interpreted by the Ottawa Board of Education, include;

 

·         the front entrance with its Tudor arch and carved stone details

·         the stone foundation

·         decorative brick and stone detailing rendered in square and rectangular patterns

·         large windows

·         its setting, including the landscaped front yard

 

The 1974 gymnasium is not included in the designation.


Local Architectural Conservation

Advisory Committee

EXTRACT OF DRAFT

Minutes 15

12 June 008

 

Comité consultatif sur la conservation de l’architecture locale

extrait de l’Ébauche

du Procès-verbal 15

le 12 juin 2008

 

 

 

 

DESIGNATION OF DEVONSHIRE PUBLIC SCHOOL, 100 BREEZEHILL AVENUE NORTH UNDER PART IV OF THE ONTARIO HERITAGE ACT

DÉSIGNATION DE L’ÉCOLE PUBLIQUE DEVONSHIRE, SITUÉE AU 100, AVENUE BREEZEHILL NORD, AUX TERMES DE LA PARTIE IV DE LA LOI SUR LE PATRIMOINE DE L’ONTARIO

ACS2008-PTE-PLA-0128                                                                                      Kitchissippi (15)

 

Sally Coutts, Heritage Planner provided an overview of the departmental report.

 

The Committee heard from the following delegations speaking in support of the designation:

 

Nicholas Olmstead, Devonshire School Council, Jeff Leiper and Ken Elder Hintonburg Community Association.  Mr. Elder wrote the Heritage Value Statement that accompanied the request for designation.

 

Mr. Elder asked that the Committee consider adding to the designation the formal front entrance, including the original vestibule screen, the original hall screen and the corner stone plaques.  He felt the formal entrance was of significant importance and deserves to be designated.

 

Karyn Carty Ostafichuk, OCDSB, informed the Committee that the Board was not opposed to the designation of the school.  She stated that the Board however would take issue with any constraint that would affect its use, repairs and maintenance.  As this Committee is already aware, it is an operational school; the Board must provide a healthy and safe environment for the well being of all its student and staff.  She also stated that even though there is no legislative notification process in place, the City should out of courtesy advise the owner when a request is made to the department to designate.

 

Ms. Coutts outlined the procedures and requirements for notification of owners of properties being considered for designation.  She pointed out that the OCDSB had been contacted but had not responded, as detailed in her report.

 

Ms. Ostafichuk also raised three questions.  First, she asked whether designation would prevent repointing of bricks.  Ms. Coutts answered that it would not, although staff would be pleased to help with technical information.  Second, she asked whether designation would prevent the location of portable classrooms on site, and Ms. Coutts answered that designation would not prevent the location of such temporary structures.  Third, she asked whether the windows could be replaced.  Ms. Coutts pointed out that the windows above basement level were not original and could be replaced with new windows that respected the heritage character of the building.

 

The Committee received written comments from Michael Carson, Superintendent of Facilities, Ottawa-Carleton District School Board (OCDSB) dated 10 June 2008 and are held on file.

 

Moved by H. McArthur

 

And that the sequence of spaces comprising the formal entrance, including the original vestibule screen, the original hall screen and the corner stone plaques be included in the designation;

 

                                                                                                CARRIED

Moved by C. Mulholland

 

And that the 1974 gymnasium not be included in the designation.

 

                                                                                                CARRIED

 

YEAS (6):        J. Baltz (Chair/Président), S. Crossley, R. Dalibard, B. Manweiler, M. McGregor, C. Mulholland

NAYS (1):       H. McArthur

 

Moved by R. Dalibard

 

That the Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee recommend that Planning and Environment Committee recommend that Council approve the designation of Devonshire Public School, 100 Breezehill Avenue North under Part IV of the Ontario Heritage Act in accordance with the Statement of Cultural Heritage Value, attached as Document 4.

 

                                                                                                            CARRIED as amended