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Establishment

Mechanics Institute Building (School of Technology)

Mechanics Institute, 1867

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The School of Practical Science (SPS) replaced the earlier School of Technology, which had been established in 1871. It was initially housed in a building at Church and Adelaide Street (formerly the Mechanics Institute) and provided evening classes. [1] [2]

Ticket for an Evening Class at the School of Practical Science, 1873

A ticket for an evening class at the School of Practical Science, 1873

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When this space became insufficient for the professional school's needs, relocation became necessary. The existing building was sold and arrangements were made to construct a new building near University College. [1] [2]

Original Doors to the School of Practical Science

Original door to SPS, n.d.

University of Toronto Archives, A1972-0045/001 (0029)

By 1889, enrollment and course offerings had both increased. John Galbraith, Principal of SPS, became concerned about the lack of space. The Minister of Education approved the construction of an addition which was completed by late 1890. [3]

Original School of Practical Science Building became North Wing

North wing of SPS following addition, n.d.

University of Toronto Archives, A1972-0045/001 (0029)

The original SPS building became the north wing following the additions.