1891 Methods of Heating in the Schools

  • Page 68, Figure 6 from The School House, cross section view of a typical school room set up

    Heating Stoves

    A traditional wood or coal burning apparatus was originally used to heat schools with the placement of a single stove in each of the rooms. The heat was uneven with those students closest to the stove too hot and those farthest away too cold. The air quality was extremely poor given the smoke and ashes from the stoves and the lack of proper ventilation. The last wood-burning stove in the Toronto Board was used at Borden Street School in 1912. Coal stoves continued to be used in some schools throughout the 1930s.

    J. George Hodgins

    Printed paper


    Illustration in a book showing typical class room layout cross side view