Exploring

Heritage, History, and Hallways

In my wanderings around the city recently I have come across a few interesting buildings. Here are three of them.

The first is the LeMarchand Mansion on 100 Avenue, and it is a Heritage Building. It was opened as apartments in 1910 but now is used for professional offices. I was taken with its unusual H-shape design, red brick facade, and wrought iron balconies. One of these days I may see if I can take wander inside.

LeMarchand Mansion, Edmonton

This second building is now the offices of Design Group Staffing Inc. on Jasper Avenue, but if you look closely you can see it once belonged to the Canadian Pacific Railway.  I think this must have been their offices because the old railway station (now a restaurant) is on Gateway Boulevard. If anyone can tell me more about this I will be most grateful.

Design Groups Staffing Inc., Edmonton

Design Group Staffing Inc., Edmonton

My third building is interesting because the lighting is so well designed that it feels like daylight. Scotia Place on Jasper Avenue provides access to the businesses in that building and also to the pedways that connect several downtown blocks. Edmonton is a winter city, and so many shops, professional offices, and clinics are within a large and complex multi-story interior network.

Scotia Place, Edmonton

Scotia Place, Edmonton

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  1. LeMarchand Mansion is exquisite. I believe I would have definitely wanted to have an apartment there back in the day. Going to visit a business there now would surely bring feelings of nostalgia. I hope the offices have maintained the quaintness of the original structure. Then too I can imagine it as a set for a top rate horror flick!

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