History Wall in the Making

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Upon entering on the Shaw Street side, visitors to Artscape Youngplace are greeted by an engaging historical timeline of the building and its site. This permanent exhibit was created a joint effort between researchers working during the lead-up to our public opening and Debbie Adams of Adams + Associates Design Consultants Inc. The history wall uses images gleaned from the archives of neighbouring Givins/Shaw Public School, and photography by Garrison McArthur Photographers and Greg Edwards.

When we started the Artscape Youngplace project, we knew there had to be a century’s worth of stories associated with this 1914 building. What we discovered through the efforts of our fabulous researchers was a wealth of information all adding colour and dimension to our understanding of this place. We were very fortunate to attract such a talented team of professionals willing to contribute their time to this undertaking and conduct archival research, community surveying and first-person social history collection. We can’t thank you enough, Samantha Irvine, Heather Read and Tara Bursey!

For everyone interested in diving into the history of 180 Shaw Street—the building and the community—we’ll be rolling out stories featured in this timeline in our News section. Stay tuned to this page for more facts from the past.