ADDITION OF THE MAIN RESIDENCE BUILDING RELIEF
In addition to the Athlone Classroom Block, I had
planned to add a relief of the Main Residence Building, which
had been the olde Christopher Spencer mansion, and in turn housed
Mrs. Dryvynsyde's residence, the Athlone School offices, the study
hall, the boarding facilities and dinning area for the school.
Although there was only room for a relief, any depiction of Athlone
School would not be complete without some reference to this second
Unfortunately, few if any images existed of the
North or required side of the Main Residence building, simply
because of the proximity of the classroom block to this olde house.
To cover the entire width at such a close range (between the two
buildings) proved next to impossible. Subsequently, the photos
that did exist only showed a small bit of either the northeast
or northwest side. In turn, the architectural plans which were
acquired and featured in my Athlone books, only showed floor and
sight plans with no exterior building side reference.
Then, late in 2015, I received a newspaper clipping,
which an Athlone Old Boy had saved. It was an image that had been
taken by a local Vancouver newspaper in November of 1973, as Athlone
School was being torn down. With the classroom block gone, it
was at last possible to capture the entire North side of the Main
Residence building. Sadly sitting in rubble but still very much
From this clipping photo I was able to create a
rendering. Then using my Athlone School Photo archives and the
diorama for scale fit the rendering into the diorama.
With the rendering drafted it was possible to make
a 2 dimensional card of the building to scales and place it into
the diorama accordingly.
The next step was to make the 2 dimensional Main
Residence building rendering 3 dimensional, and in doing so correct
the landscaping around it.
Work will continue on this Athlone School diorama
project until it is finished.
Christopher M. Robertson
The Athlone School Diorama Contractor.