Edmonton is one of the largest northern urban centers in the world. Located in Canada, Edmonton is the capital city of Alberta. The city has a strong history as a trade center, and it served as the last major stop for the Klondikers during the Gold Rush. This is why we Edmontonions call our city "The Gateway to the North"

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Enterprise Square

The Bay building is a recent success story, after sitting empty for over 10 years it has now come to life. Built in an art deco style the building has a series of murals engraved into the sandstone outside. The doors are made from stainless steel, brass and glass. It is a monument to a time where department stores were vogue and at the height of trend. Inside the building are solid marble colums and floors. The sheer size of this building turned off every developer despite the fact it is in the heart of downtown and directly connected to the city`s Light Rail Transit. Today it accommodates the Provincial Art Gallery, a TV station, 2 radio stations and now the University of Alberta`s Continuing Education programs.

1 comment:

Benjamin Madison said...

I am enjoying your blog a lot - good photos and intelligent, insightful commentary.

We have a very similar HB building here in Victoria which has been empty for some years now - developers are currently trying to flog bits of it off as trendy loft-style apartments - without much success so far. Edmonton's solution looks much better.

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