Popular in Edmonton from 1905 to 1915, the style combines classical architecture from ancient Greece and Rome with ideas from the Renaissance. Characterized by order, symmetry, formal design, grandiosity, and elaborate ornamentation, this style of architecture represented an appearance of strength and stability. Due to the size and grandeur of the buildings, the Classical Revival style is most commonly seen in public buildings, though some residences display elements as well. The intricate and ornate detailing is quite impressive when compared to many of the other simpler styles of the time.
- Broad expanses of plain wall surface
- Masonry walls (usually light in color)
- Decorations include quoins, pilasters, columns, garlands, floral patterns and shields
- Symmetrical facades
- Arches or lintels above doors and windows
- Porticos supported by classical columns
Among the most iconic buildings in Edmonton is the Legislature, which overlooks the river valley and is the seat of power for the provincial government.
This small jewel of a building holds its own nestled among downtown high-rises.
C.N.R. architect John Schofield situated this prominent railway station to be admired from Jasper Avenue, four blocks away.
Edmonton's first proper Court House was built in 1912 and demolished in the 1970s.
The Post Office was Edmonton's tallest building when completed in 1910. It was demolished in 1972.
This Classical Revival building featured prominently in the downtown skyline until its demolition in 1968.
The Gem Theatre was purpose built as a movie house in 1913. Orriginally constructed in the Classical Revival style, a 1940s renovation gave it a Moderne twist.
Built to house luxurious apartments, the Gibbard Block has been largely restored to showcase its original elegance.
The classically designed Imperial Bank was demolished in 1950.
The Magrath Mansion is an Edmonton landmark due to its size, location overlooking the river valley, and its Classical Revival architecture.
Built on what became known as 'bank corner', the Merchants Bank of Canada was Edmonton's second ever banking institution.
Norwood School is one of Edmonton's early brick schools and was designed in the Classical Revival style.
Between 1905 and 1913 Edmonton experienced incredible growth. The population exploded from less that 10,000 to almost 70,000 in only a few years.
Between 1914 and 1945 Edmonton underwent phenomenal change as the Great War, the Depression and the Second World War left their mark.