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Here's why a crowd gathered on Second Street in 1911

In this week's Remember This a cornerstone laying ceremony draws a large crowd in June, 1911.

On Friday, June 23, 1911, members of the Canadian Press Association gathered in Collingwood to celebrate the laying of the cornerstone for King George School.

It was laid by John F. Mackay, manager of the Toronto Daily Globe and president of the Canadian Press Association.

King George School was designed by Collingwood Architect John Wilson, the contractor being Samuel Woolner. In 1912, the school opened on Second Street between Walnut and Hickory Streets. It stands two storeys high and includes a basement that was used for art classes.

Children attended King George until a larger school – Mountain View Elementary – was constructed on Spruce Street in 1971. Several recreational clubs continued to use the King George building until it was deemed unsafe and was abandoned. It was given new life when a local developer purchased the land and completed renovations, converting the classrooms into small apartments.

Remember This is a weekly series of historic photographs submitted by the Collingwood Museum to These photographs were originally collected and documented by the Huron Institute in an historical catalogue entitled Huron Institute Paper and Records: Volume III. Much of Collingwood’s early history has been preserved due to the dedication and foresight of the early museum’s founders, namely its secretary-curator David Williams, upon its establishment in 1904.