CSpace Market and The King Edward School
In case you haven't heard, we are now a weekly vendor at the CSpace Farmer's and Maker's Market in South Calgary and we are thrilled to be there. This market stands for and believes in collaboration, innovation and sharing one another’s passions and talents. Walking amongst each of the stalls and speaking to the different vendors it is inspiring to see what moves each and every one of us to do what we do. Our passion for making self-care prodcts stemmed from the desire to provide clean, toxin-free and healthy beauty products and to bring awareness to what we use on our skin every day. The result is that it has led to being something bigger than we imagined. Every single vendor has their own story of purpose and origin and we look forward to getting to know their story the more we attend the market.
The site on which this market takes place is the site of a 1912 school, built using sandstone. It is one of 19 schools built in the city between 1894 and 1914 as a response to the staggering growth in population that was happening around that time. It cost $172,000 to build which was a lot of money at that time, and originally it was designated as a high school and then after Western Canada High School went public, King Edward became the first junior high school in the city in 1931. Because the concept of junior high was so successful here, by 1935, junior high schools were adopted province-wide and changed the face of education in Alberta.
In the early 1940s, the school was changed to focus on teachers and was a place of training for them. The onset of World War II brought an element of cadet training for males, and on this site, male teachers in training were also trained to use rifles with live ammunition, where the use of .22 caliber weapons was taught INDOORS.
The school closed its doors to students in 2000 after years of low enrollment due to there being less kids in the neighborhood and now it serves as a hub for Calgary’s art and culture scene. Though students no longer run through the building, it is said to be haunted, so, keep an eye out for paranormal visitors when you explore the building. What was built for $172,000 has now undergone a several million-dollar facelift and is the incredible building you see today.
Come by and look for us when you’re at the market, we look forward to saying hello and sharing in this beautiful landmark of Calgary’s history.
Yours in passion, vision, creation.
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