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Location DB > Canada > Ontario > Niagara On The Lake > Former Eden Christian College
Former Eden Christian College
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created by MHInc on 10/28/2007 8:11 PM
last modified by MHInc on 9/26/2010 3:10 PM
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This location has been labeled as Demolished, and therefore can be viewed by anyone.
A fantastic feat of architecture for a school. A very large, well laid out building that can take hours to explore.
 Basic Information
Type: Building
Status: Demolished
Accessibility: Easy
Recommendation: drop everything - must see
 Physical Information

Niagara On The Lake, Ontario
  • asbestos
  • unsafe flooring
  • air quality
  • Glass
  •  Interesting Features
    - Incredible hardwood floors
    - Very unique old architecture.

     Security Measures
  • part-time guard
  •  Historical Dates
    Built: 1945
    Closed: 1997
     Required Equipment
  • flashlight
  • breathing mask
  • gloves
  • towelettes
  •  Recommended Equipment
    In 1945 the Bible Society of Virgil decided to add a high school department to the Virgil Bible School. Henry Tiessen was called to teach Grades 9 and 10 in the crowded homestead where the Bible School, which had begun in 1939, also conducted classes. The high school became known as Eden High School. The next year, as enrolment increased, more teachers were hired and Gr. 11 was added. In November 1946, Henry Dueck, chairman of the Eden Board, and Henry Tiessen went to Toronto and obtained accreditation for Eden with the Ontario Department of Education.

    In 1946 the Society decided to construct a new high school building several hundred yards from the Bible School building, which housed students from Gr. 9–12 the following year. In 1948 the Ontario Mennonite Brethren Conference assumed responsibility for both Eden Bible and Eden High School. In 1948, Rev. Isaak Loewen and his wife were hired as caretakers and as house parents for the dorm students. In 1950 Eden High School changed its name to Eden Christian College.

    Principals at Eden included Henry Tiessen, David Neumann, Rudy Bartel, George Wichert, Ray Ratzlaff, Keith Vrieszwyk, and Ray Smith.

    By 1987 Eden's high tuition rates and low enrolment forced the conference to turn Eden over to the Lincoln Board of Education. Now Eden High School continues to operate in St. Catharines, Ontario as an alternate school with a Christian philosophy and staff, but funded by the government.

    Eden sat empty from 1997 until 2004, at that point the building was purchased by The Sterling Group, who used the front lobby and part of the gymnasim to showcase a model home to potential buyers. It would appear that this business went bankrupt, and eden has sat once again abandoned since.
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     Future Plans
    At this point, I believe the building is owned by the city, and is not currently for sale, and there has been no mention of demo. As time passed it would seem there is less and less chance for this incredible building to be restored.
    What a Difference 6 Months makes.
    Wed, Apr 16th, 2008
    posted by MHInc

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     Photo Galleries
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    First Visit
    Sun, Oct 28th, 2007
    posted by MHInc
    20 pictures
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    phrenzee & msDeKay visit 03.16.2008
    Sat, Mar 22nd, 2008
    posted by phrenzee
    25 pictures
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    Artistic Photos
    Mon, Apr 14th, 2008
    posted by MHInc
    15 pictures
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    First visit
    Mon, Apr 14th, 2008
    posted by GORE
    11 pictures
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    MatchGirl & Fivepointsix's Expedition '08 - Sept/08
    Sun, Oct 12th, 2008
    posted by Match Girl
    20 pictures
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    msDeKay & phrenzee visit Mar 16/08
    Wed, Nov 26th, 2008
    posted by MsDeKay
    10 pictures
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    Last photos before Demo
    Mon, Aug 23rd, 2010
    posted by MHInc
    8 pictures
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    First Day Demo Pictures
    Mon, Aug 23rd, 2010
    posted by MHInc
    5 pictures
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    Beginning of day 2 to End of Day 3 Demo
    Thu, Aug 26th, 2010
    posted by MHInc
    9 pictures

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    This location's validation is current. It was last validated by Steed on 9/27/2010 4:10 PM.

     Latest Changes
  • on Sep 27 10 at 16:10, Steed validated this location
  • on Sep 26 10 at 15:10, MHInc changed the following: Status
  • on Sep 7 10 at 12:28, Steed validated this location
  • on Sep 6 10 at 15:54, UsER28459 added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Sep 6 10 at 15:52, UsER28459 created a new gallery
  • on Aug 26 10 at 2:42, Emperor Wang validated this location
  • on Aug 26 10 at 2:42, Emperor Wang conditionally validated this location
  • on Aug 26 10 at 2:15, MHInc added some pictures to a gallery
  • on Aug 26 10 at 2:08, MHInc updated gallery Beginning of day 2 to End of Day 3 Demo
  • on Aug 26 10 at 2:08, MHInc created a new gallery
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