Earlier today I took the bus to Broadway and MacDonald to do errands. On the way back, because it was such a beautiful, sunny day, I randomly got off the bus and walked around. I ended up at MacDonald and West 7th Ave. This part of the street dead-ends into a park behind General Gordon Elementary School. Walking down the street toward the fence, I could only see a park bench. I decided to sit for a bit and read; it wasn’t until I entered the grassy area that I discovered the one room schoolhouse.
I don’t know what it is , but there’s something about abandoned buildings that inspires me; I ditched the book and did some journal writing instead. When I got home, a Google search turned up some interesting facts about this old wood school:
- the schoolhouse was built in 1913-1914
- at one time, the Vancouver School Board (VSB) originally planned to retain and restore the old wood schoolhouse
- since then, there has been talk that the VSB has slated it for demolition
- various public groups, including Heritage Vancouver, have petitioned to save it
Blissfully unaware of its unknown future, I enjoyed journaling out in the fresh air, in its charming presence.