What’s in a Name?

A lot of time and effort goes into the naming of an area. Sometimes it’s best to ask for help in the form of a contest! This excerpt is from “My Heart’s in the Highlands” by Ken Tingley.

“Magrath and Holgate needed a name “that will suitably designate this property and be consistent with the high class of residence that will be erected as it has been decided to place a building restriction of $2,500 upon the sites.” No lots were to be sold until the name had been selected. It was reported that already this large property, bounded on the south by the North Saskatchewan River and on the north by Alberta Avenue, was “rapidly being cleared by the new owners….”

This Old Edmonton House Seminars

Houses that are more than 50 years of age often have issues that are not easily addressed by trades and designers who deal with contemporary buildings. This may include questions around mechanical systems, foundations, restoration of flooring and millwork, historic colours, repairing plaster walls and so much more… Help is on the way. Every year…

Events in 2018

Save the date for these 2018 upcoming events: March 31st: Gibbard Block Open House (Members free, Public $5) April TBA Speaker #1: Aviation History (Members free, Guests $5) June TBA Speaker #2: Coal History (Members free, Guests $5) July TBA: Historic Edmonton Open Doors Festival: Walking Tours: (members free, Public $5) Bus Tours (Members free,…

The Gibbard Block / HHS Open House

Most of us love looking at Before and After pictures of renovations – after all, an entire tv channel, HGTV, is based on this premise. So when you get a chance to see the “before” of one of Edmonton’s iconic heritage buildings, you take advantage of the opportunity. “The building originally featured nine suites, between…

William Magrath & the Development of the Highlands

One of the most interesting things about William Magrath, one of the two developers of the Highlands community, is that he challenged a prevalent theory of the day (early 1900’s), in which classy neighbourhoods were supposedly built in the west end of cities. He cited many other cities that had built prestige neighbourhoods to the…