Posted by: Manager / Associate Curator | December 21, 2015

Historic Cornwall – East Lorneville

East Lorneville was directly opposite Riverview, south of Montreal Road. It included Park Street, the south side of Montreal Road, Alice Street South, St. Lawrence Drive and the former Classical College which became Cornwall College and is now the home of St. Lawrence College Cornwall Campus.

01_1st Group_Comb_webIn September 1949 three priests, members of the Clerics of St. Viateur, opened a school with 34 male students at 20,22, and 24 Lawrence Avenue. In 1953 the school started offering “private” or non-government funded post secondary education.

College Classique_1950s_webGrowing steadily, the Fathers built a new school on Windmill Point. In 1954 the first part of the Windmill Point school was constructed. In 1959 a northwest wing was added and in 1962 there was further expansion.


On its way to becoming a university,  in 1964 the College initiated a major fund-raising campaign, however, timing was poor, and the plans “…to coexist with the new St. Lawrence College as a full off-campus college of the University of Ottawa,” (Marin, pg. 359), failed as “…Provincial regulation did not allow for such an arrangement between academic and technical institutions,” (Marin, pg. 359), such as St. Lawrence College. Failure to raise sufficient funds and to integrate with Provincial rules led to the College’s closure in 1968, and the loss of a degree granting institution which had already awarded some 200 Bachelor of Arts degrees.

To view our post on the 2018 alumni reunion, please follow this LINK.

pre-point islandWindmill Point, then known to many simply as “the point”, was joined to the mainland between 1947 and 1950. Extensive overland and sewer flooding in the Square Mile town as well as in the east end was the effect of an ice jam in early February, 1946. The jam began just opposite the Stormont Cotton Mill, reaching its heaviest point near the Canada Cotton Mill to approximately 1/4 mile below St. Lawrence Park, where the ice had piled to 35 feet in height in the bay between the point and the mainland. Residents on the southern ends of Prince Arthur, Louisa and Alice Streets were temporarily flooded out. The water level at the City pump house had reached an all-time of 42 feet (normal was 24.7 feet).

Classical college aerial_wm

To return to our main post on Historic Cornwall neighbourhoods, please follow this LINK.


  1. I am the former ex mayor Horovitz ‘s daughter! It has been so interesting and intense for me to see and review these interesting pictures and articles printed in the Cornwall Community Museum press!
    Thank you for keeping my heritage from my father alive !
    Barbara Ann Horovitz Wetstone

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