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Edmonton Historic Building Tour
The majority of surviving heritage structures were born at about the same time as Edmonton itself. This means that most have just reached, or are about to reach their centenary soon. As you may notice from the following photos, the building material of choice in those days was plain red brick, however, there are a few structures which incorporate larger masonry blocks in whole or in part. As promised long time ago, here’s a final round 4 of Edmonton’s downtown core and area. Thanks to Sonic Death Monkey and Green Grovenor, I have been made aware of another source of historical information: Lawrence Herzog’s collection of ‘It’s Our Heritage’ columns which are available online.
Downtown Core Part 4.
Address: Located in park next to McKay Avenue School
Year: Ummm, 1881
This is the first ‘official’ school in Alberta. After the McKay Avenue School was opened, this structure was sold and moved down the hill to the river valley. The house was almost lost in the floods of 1915, but survived after someone tethered it to a large tree. The building was later moved to its present site, and serves as a living museum. Note the teacher in period costume, and the outhouse.
First Presbyterian Church
Address: 10025 105 Street.
This large, gothic inspired church has seating for 1200 worshipers.
H. V. Shaw Building
Address: 10229 105th Street
Once home to the Edmonton Cigar Factory, which employed 35 people and produced over a million cigars per year. Today the building (plus addition) houses a microbrewery, who’s future is currently up in the air.
Canadian Consolidated Rubber Company Warehouse
Address: 10249 104 Street.
This building was built on the foundations of the Kerr building, which was destroyed by fire the same year. Today, it is known as the Cobogo Lofts.
Revillon Building/Ross Brothers Warehouse
Address: 10310 102 Avenue.
These two buildings were connected in the 1980s by a large glass atrium and renamed the Boardwalk Market, an interesting mixed use facility which houses retail, offices, an inner-city high school, and restaurants.
Address: 104 Street at 102 Avenue.
This building was built for Calgary’s Metals Limited which dealt in plumbing supplies, cast-iron fixtures, steel fabrications, mining equipment and related materials. At one time there was a rail spur to the back of the building. Today the building houses offices and a restaurant on the ground floor.
Address: 10169 104 Street
This building was originallt buit to be a storage warehouse, and as such, was built using the latest 1912 technology in fireproofing. The building has undergone several changes of ownership and purpose, and was eventually converted for work/live lofts.
Address: 10127 104 Street.
The Armstrong Block is an interesting early example of mixed use facilities. The main floor housed retail, upstairs was offices, and the top floor contained living suites. Today the building houses retail and residential suites.
Bonus shots of Enterprise Square (Hudsons Bay Company Building) details.
Address: 11523 100 Avenue
Designed and appointed to become the ‘finest’ apartment house in Edmonton, the Lemarchand Mansion was constructed in Beax-Arts style and is one of only a handful of local buildings with dentils (Previously featured McLoud Building and CIBC building are two). The exterior is classic red brick from the second story up, and the faux ‘stonework’ on the bottom floor is actually concrete.
Interiors included fireplaces, marble floors, and oak paneling, to ensure the proper class of tenants. The buildings floorplate is shaped as an ‘H’, to maximize the suites number of exterior windows.
The building was converted to condo suites in 2003, and there are now professional offices on the lower floors. The Lemarchand Tower was added directly east in 1977.
Entrance of Lemarchand Tower, next door
If you want another good resource, check out the “It’s Our Heritage” columns in Real Estate Weekly:
I wish they’d sort the articles in some logical order, like by publishing date.
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