Collegiate Gothic

Collegiate Gothic architecture is associated with education, and is often found on university campuses, including the University of Alberta.

Gothic Revival architecture had close ties with Christian churches and educational establishments. This intellectual link is seen in many of Edmonton’s early churches and schools. The Collegiate Gothic subtype became the favoured architectural style for places of higher learning, and can be seen in college and university campuses across Canada. Part of the Late Gothic Revival, Collegiate Gothic was first popularized in the 1880s, and was popular in Edmonton  during the first decades of the 20th century.



  • Tracery in windows  
  • Stone accents such as stringer courses
  • Stone and brick exterior
  • Crenellations
  • Rectangular windows
  • Towers
  • Stone mullions
  • Oriel windows 


Character Defining Elements

Arch, Arched entrance, Balcony, Brick cladding, Brick piers, Brick structure, C shaped footprint, Capstone/Copestone, Carving, Concrete Structure, Coping, Corbelling, Crenellated parapet, Date stone, Decorative brick, Dripstone, Flag pole, Flat roof, Gable roof, Gabled parapet, Intersecting gable roof, Irregular footprint, Keystone, L shape footprint, Lintel, Mullion, Nailed frame structure, Oriel Window, Pediment, Pilaster, Plinth, Portico, Poured concrete structure, Pyramidal roof, Quoins, Rectangular footprint, Rectangular windows, Rusticated stone, Smooth stone, Steel Structure, Stepped parapet, Stone accents, Stone cladding, String course, T shape footprint, Three storeys or more, Tile accents, Tower, Towers, Tracery, Turret, Two storeys


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