Concordia University (formerly Concordia College) in Edmonton, Alberta, is in an enviable location overlooking the North Saskatchewan River valley. It is a private university with some funding from the Government of Alberta.
Originally, it was affiliated with the Lutheran Church and was founded in 1921 to prepare young men to become preachers and teachers. It became co-educational in 1939, affiliated with the University of Alberta in 1967, and became secularized in 2016.
The University’s original logo was replaced in 2010 with one showing the shape of this doorway which is the front entrance to Schwermann Hall, built in 1926.
“It mirrors the castle church door in Wittenberg, Germany, on which Dr. Martin Luther nailed the 95 Theses, sparking the Reformation. Further, the logo’s curved lines represent the shore and waters of the North Saskatchewan River, which lies directly below Concordia, in the Highlands neighborhood of Edmonton.” (Wikipedia)
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Edit to add:
In response to some comments I wanted to find out how many Concordia Universities there are. Thanks to Wikipedia, I can report that there are eight campuses in the Concordia University System in the United States. In addition, there are several institutions named Concordia which are not part of that system. For examples, neither of the LCMS seminaries (Concordia Seminary and Concordia Theological Seminary) are part of CUS. And, “the non-accredited Concordia College and University is in no way affiliated with the Concordia University System.” (I found the words “in no way” to be significant but I can only venture to guess why that is so strongly stated.)
In Canada, “the educational institutions of the Lutheran Church–Canada are not part of the CUS even though that church body was originally part of the LCMS and remains associated with it. Those institutions are Concordia University College of Alberta and Concordia Lutheran Seminary, both in Edmonton, and Concordia Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Catharines (which is affiliated with Brock University).
Other Concordias that are affiliated with neither the CUS nor the LCMS include Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, and Concordia University in Montreal.
I realize that I am generalizing here, however I begin to see a pattern in the style and brickwork of the educational buildings you have posted at various times. I went back to a previous blog entry which was of many sites in downtown Edmonton. I wanted to find a photo of the Saskatchewan River Valley. I did and it is a beautiful site indeed. As I looked at those downtown photos, I saw many architectural styles but none like the schools I’ve seen. The door to Concordia is a beautiful thing. The multi-paned windows above the door and the arch and the crisp white all feel quite welcoming. Thank you Anne!
You are quite right, Mary Beth. There are a lot of similarities in these educational buildings. They are all heavily influenced by European architecture and were all built at roughly the same time.
Cool! I went to Concordia U in Montreal. I had no idea there was one in Edmonton as well.
I wonder if the one in Montreal was founded by the Lutherans also.
I went to Concordia High School and then Concordia Teachers College, now Concordia University Nebraska in Seward, Nebraska. It is still affiliated with the Lutheran Church as are the other school in the Concordia University system in the US. 🙂
That is interesting, Janet. It seems as though these Concordia schools are in many places. I hope you had a good and enjoyable education at the Concordias you attended.
That I did. 🙂