Regional Facility for Federally Sentenced Women, Kitchener, Ontario (1992-1994)
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  • Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg Architects (archive creator)

Regional Facility for Federally Sentenced Women, Kitchener, Ontario (1992-1994)



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Extent and medium:
  • 752 drawings (including 39 reprographic copies)
Scope and content:
This project series documents the federal women's prison in Kitchener, Ontario, now called The Grand Valley Institution for Women, from 1992-1994. The office identified the project number as 9227.

This project, built for Public Works Canada and Correctional Services Canada, consisted of a large, main prison building with nine small cottages lining the property. The main building included the admission and discharge area, food services, recreation spaces and spirituality centre, as well as an area for prisoners requiring enhanced security. The spirituality room was a window-rimmed rotunda that pierced the slanted roof of the main stucco building. The smaller cottages were wood-sided with aluminum windows and could house eight people. While many were built to house eight prisoners, some designs replaced prisoner's rooms with children's bedrooms for inmates who had children staying with them. There was also a large, green space in the centre of all the buildings, with plans to build a baseball diamond, daycare building and an additional cottage in the future.

The project is recorded through drawings dating from1992-1995. The drawings and mostly originals and include site surveys, sketches, plans, elevations, sections, perspectives, details and axonometric drawings.
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Materials in this project series were compiled from multiple accessions and some were arranged by material type.

Kitchener Ontario Canada


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