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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > St. Thomas > Alma College
Alma College
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created by Toogy on 3/21/2004 12:45 AM
last modified by Air on 12/9/2008 10:47 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
Big old school, kinda crumbly, very gothic and creepy.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Recommendation: forget it
 Physical Information

St. Thomas, Ontario
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  •  Hazards
  • rust
  • unsafe flooring
  • flooding
  • water
  •  Interesting Features

     Security Measures
  • fences
  • locked gates
  • wooden boarding
  • Watched closely by the police and the property owner.
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1878
    Closed: 1988
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    In 1803 Colonel Thomas Talbot received a large grant from the Crown in what is now Elgin County but during the war of 1812 many settlements that were formed in this area were burned and ravaged by American armies. In 1844, the village had grown to 1,000 people including many businessmen and professionals and in 1852, Elgin County was separated and St. Thomas was incorporated as a village. The village began to grow and In 1861 St. Thomas was finally incorporated as a town.

    "By the mid 1870's, St. Thomas was an enterprising and industrious town set in a prosperous county. Eight railways passed through with their long lines of freight and passenger cars. A small group of able physicians had set up the first medical centre in the province that became eventually the nucleus of the Medical School of the University of Toronto. Farmers brought their fruit and vegetables and dairy products to St. Thomas markets and flour mill and creamery. There was a bustling retail trade. Eight churches kept their fingers on the spiritual pulse. St. Thomas was a young ambitious town aspiring to become a city. A ladies college for the country of Elgin would most certainly add to its presitge, and put St. Thomas firmly on the map."

    On October 11, 1876, it was proposed by Bishop Carman that a ladies college be established in the prospering town of St. Thomas. In 1877, the planners called the new school, "St. Thomas Ladies College" until it was formally named "Alma College" by Sheriff Colin Munroe who wanted to name it to honour the passing of his late wife Alma Munroe and also their daughter, Mrs. J.D. (Alma) Munroe Duffield.

    The College colours were also chosen at the same time and represented the three brances of the school's curriculum: Literature was blue, Art was gold, and Music was crimson.

    In April of 1877, the newly formed College Board put out a call for the design of the school and received 20 submitted plans from architects. It was a man named James Balfour from our very own Hamilton that won the competition. The contract for the actual construction went to Henry Lindop of St. Thomas and with all the requirements, was estimated at a total cost of about $50,000.

    May 24th, 1878 marked the day that the cornerstone of Alma College was laid and it took only three years after this for the architect's plan to take form into an imposing building. Two months following this, in October of 1881, the brand new Alma Ladies College officially opened. The grounds featured a main building, a chapel, a hall, and a unique outdoor amphitheatre. The Victorian Gothic exterior of the front facade and the two flanking side facades make this structure unique in the City of St. Thomas.

    On May 28th, 2008 Alma College burned down, with the remaining ruins demolished a couple days later after an emergency permit was obtained due to the fact that the ruins were 'unsafe'

     Media Coverage

     Future Plans
    The owner of the site is turning it into a retirement facility, not sure what will remain.

    Investigation into the fire is on going.
    She's Gone - Newspaper Article
    Thu, May 29th, 2008
    posted by itcheyeball
    Up to date demolishion info.
    Fri, Jun 8th, 2007
    posted by MHInc
    Sun, Oct 1st, 2006
    posted by AjumTheGreat

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     Photo Galleries
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    Alma College Pics
    Sun, Mar 21st, 2004
    posted by Toogy
    16 pictures
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    Recent Visit 07/11/05
    Tue, Jul 19th, 2005
    posted by Toogy
    14 pictures
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    Soon to be gone!
    Sat, Aug 6th, 2005
    posted by lopix
    31 pictures
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    Levacas' Trip
    Thu, Nov 23rd, 2006
    posted by levacas
    22 pictures
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    Boffo goes to college.... twice.
    Thu, May 29th, 2008
    posted by Boffo
    20 pictures
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    Alma Dreams Torn Asunder
    Fri, May 30th, 2008
    posted by Axle
    7 pictures
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    What remains
    Sat, Sep 25th, 2010
    posted by phrenzee
    5 pictures

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    Coolness 9 / 10
    Content Quality 8 / 10
    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Opheliaism on 10/10/2010 3:35 PM.

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  • on Oct 10 10 at 15:35, Opheliaism validated this location
  • on Oct 9 10 at 13:56, phrenzee updated gallery picture
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  • on Oct 9 10 at 13:54, phrenzee added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Oct 9 10 at 13:52, phrenzee updated gallery What remains
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  • on Dec 10 08 at 7:04, Steed validated this location
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    You must log in for this feature to work.Alma on film...simmorill18889/27/2010 7:59 PM by phrenzee
    You must log in for this feature to work.Current status?yokes2108811/22/2006 8:46 PM by levacas
    You must log in for this feature to work.locationfreaksite19483/30/2005 8:40 PM by Toogy
    You must log in for this feature to work.Construction Guys Everywhere!!!Big In Japan08818/4/2004 11:19 PM by Big In Japan
    You must log in for this feature to work.Worth the drive to st. Thomas?dragonoptic6123510/15/2004 5:29 PM by hemy
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