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Inglewood – SAIT’s first home

Inglewood – SAIT’s first home

Calgary’s Inglewood community has been named Canada’s Greatest Neighbourhood by the Canadian Institute of Planners. Inglewood holds another distinction: nearly 100 years ago, it was home to SAIT’s original campus.

In 1916, the provincial government agreed to fund a technical institute in Calgary, and the municipal government agreed to provide a temporary location in Colonel James Walker School (1921 – 9 Ave. S.E.) and in an adjacent fire and police station.

Extensive renovations were undertaken in the school and in the station, where the lower level was converted into a machine shop. The Provincial Institute of Technology and Art, as SAIT was originally known, officially opened its doors on October 16, 1916, with programs in motor mechanics and metal working — and with 11 students.

By 1922, construction was completed on a permanent home for the school — a three storey red brick and sandstone building on the north hill — and classes were moved there that fall.

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Story pulled from LINK– Spring 2015 - Page 44

 

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