Alicia Mason Vocational School

April 3, 2006

Located in Windsor’s near west side, on the corner of University and Cameron is this school building. Designed by Windsor’s pre-eminent mid-century architecture firm Johnson & McWhinnie, Alicia Mason Vocational School was built in 1957. It had been closed for several years as a school, when it was reopened as the Mason Educational Centre for Adult and Continuing Education.

Innovative use of concrete is the building’s most prominent feature.

Simple, clean courses of brick are also a main feature of the building, contrasting with the concrete.

A view along Cameron St.

A detail shot of the scalloped concrete.

A view of the main entrance along Cameron St.

9 Responses to Alicia Mason Vocational School

  1. Lilly on April 3, 2006 at 6:41 pm

    I remember back in 1970′s when it was a school with only Down syndrome students, or mentally retarded, all i was told about the school was that Alicia Mason was a student with D.S and was a very bright and smart girl and named the school after her. Is that true? Wow i didn’t know the year it was built but i thought it was older then the 50′s…Thanks again Andrew good work ! Did you get more info about king George High school ? I sent you what i knew about it…..take care….

  2. Andrew on April 3, 2006 at 8:32 pm

    Yes Lily, I got your information about Monarch. I will feature it soon.

  3. Dianne Bryon on July 25, 2006 at 9:49 am

    Is Lilly’s comment about where the name Alicia Mason came from true? I have been trying to find out some information about who the school was named for? Do you have any further info about her?

    Thanks

  4. Andrew on July 25, 2006 at 4:33 pm

    Diane, Alicia Mason is on my list of things to research, if and when I find the answer I will let you know.

  5. JJ on November 9, 2008 at 10:23 pm

    No.. it used to be but not anymore

  6. alicia on February 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    my name is alicia mason lmao that is sooo weird :P

    i got a school named after me !! :D

    <3 alicia

  7. Debra Lloyd on November 19, 2011 at 10:42 am

    Built in 1957 is incorrect….I went to A.M until 1962, and it was dismantled or perhaps blown up that summer.
    This newer building was erected then.

    I’ve only heard that is was a vocational training school from the beginning of its inception, and Adult training thereafter…..

  8. David Hansen on November 21, 2011 at 9:39 am

    Hi Andrew,

    I have been researching the history of the Windsor Schools for a few years now. My project is far from completion, but I can provide a few details about the Alicia Mason School. It looks like it was opened during the 1892-93 school year, and the original name was the 6th Ward School. It was renamed the Cameron Avenue School at some point before 1910. Alicia Mason was the Principal there for many years, beginning sometime before 1910 until June 1929. She had also been the Principal at the Mercer Street School from the 1896-97 school year until sometime before 1910. I don’t know if she retired or died following the 1928-29 school year. The school was renamed in her honour some time before the start of the 1947-48 school year. Most of this information came from the City Directories and the Ontario Blue Book School Listings.

  9. Debra Lloyd on January 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Andrew…how enlightening….Thank you so much for the research..

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