What Were They Thinking? Part II

Panet House & Gatehouse #1 are now neigbours!


A spin-off from the major change of the Dome covering the Memorial Arch was the question of what to do with Gatehouse #1, a fixture to the College landscape since 1875.

Staff, cadets and visitors returning to the College following the four day Easter Weekend break will be surprised to find that the Gatehouse has been moved and now sits alongside Panet House.

Gatehouse #1 will be fully renovated and refurbished. We have learned that the College Chief Warrant Officer will be the new tenant. Many Ex Cadets will recall that ‘back in the day’ the CCWO and his family resided in Gatehouse #1 positioned near the Memorial Arch.

Currently the only military presence on the peninsula during evenings and weekends is the commandant.

The major renovations are expected to start soon and be ready by the end of the summer.

Panet House is also due for a major facelift. Word has it that both the Club and Foundation staffs will be relocated soon to the Old Hospital – adjacent to Mackenzie Building. Most of the Gift Shop inventory will be moved over to the Canex located in Yeo Hall.

Following the overhaul, Panet House will be turned into a Guest House – for visitors to the College. The plan is to have three fully furnished suites (Navy, Army & Air Force).

There is no confirmed date for official openings and ribbon cutting ceremonies.


  • Friend of the college

    April 1, 2013 at 4:35 am

    To say I was surprised is an understatement.

    While walking my dog through the college grounds late last evening, as I’ve been doing for years, I was shocked to see the changes.

    Can’t really say that things look better.

    But hey, what do I know.

  • Ex Cadet from the '60s

    April 1, 2013 at 4:49 am

    While walking my dog through the college grounds last evening – I was shocked to see what has happened.

    But hey, what do I know.

  • Too Noisy!!

    April 1, 2013 at 5:04 am

    This move does not affect me even in the slightest but why would they do it soo late at night. I’m in the Frigate and could hear them putting it on and off the truck for the better part of 7 hours the other night, do this kind of thing during the day, people do actually live here lol.

  • Jim from Halifax

    April 1, 2013 at 5:11 am

    I’ve spent many years at the college. I visited Panet House a few times when the DCadet of the day lived there; also, I remember visiting CWO Slaney back in the late ’70s at the Gatehouse when it was near the Arch.

    Great memories indeed!