Art Deco influences

Art Deco influenced buildings are not common in Edmonton, through there are some noteworthy examples.

The Art Deco style was first developed for the French luxury market after the First World War. The design motifs are drawn from ancient Egypt, Africa, Turkey, and Japan. The style was a split from the world before the war and was designed to celebrate the new technologies of electricity and gas powered vehicles. Art Deco, while being decorative, is simple because it does not have many complicated shapes. It was rarely used in residential construction, but Edmonton does have a few examples of Art Deco influenced buildings from the 1940s and 1950s.


  • Symmetrical facade
  • Flat roofs with parapet
  • Smooth wall services
  • Geometric design motifs
  • Rectangular blocky forms were often arranged in geometric fashion
  • Common materials included stucco, concrete, smooth-faced stone, and brick
  • Vertical projections like spires or towers


Character Defining Elements

Brick cladding, Cantilever projections, Carving, Corner entrance, Cornice, Flag pole, Flat roof, Frontispiece, Glass block, Irregular footprint, L shape footprint, Metal structure, One storey, Pilaster, Polished stone, Rectangular footprint, Smooth stone, Stone cladding, Stucco cladding, Three storeys or more, Two storeys, Wooden strucutre


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