The Overbrook Community Association is very pleased that the City has endorsed an application to grant a heritage application to the former Overbrook Public School. During the process I was able to make a statement of support to Ottawa's Built Heritage Subcommittee.
The Overbrook Community Association has long supported heritage designation of the former Overbrook Public School on King George Street, opposite the Overbrook Community Centre.
Our Association sought heritage designation for the School because the building, built in 1916, is one of the earliest, historic buildings still in existence in our neighbourhood. Indeed, our community grew around the School and the building itself is a visual testament to the history of Overbrook.
The residents of Overbrook have always had strong ties to the School and remember it for significant life and community events. Indeed, our organization, under the coordination of Anne Prowse, worked hard and developed an extensive submission in support of heritage protection for Overbrook Public School.
As Heritage Ottawa noted in a letter of support, as one of the oldest remaining buildings in Overbrook, the School qualifies as a highly visible landmark at the centre of the neighbourhood, and is worthy of protection. The School is an excellent example of the collegiate gothic style, designed by a well-known architectural firm. Based upon these characteristics, there is considerable precedent for heritage designation.
Since this year marks the 100th anniversary of the building, which coincidentally falls on the eve of Ottawa’s celebration of 150 years of Confederation, we are very excited about the heritage designation of this important building in our community.