The Gothic Revival style in Edmonton is most commonly seen in churches, such as St. Joachim’s or Robertson-Wesley.

Gothic Revival was popular in Edmonton from the 1890s to the start of WWI.  Gothic Revival was often used for churches, where high style elements such as castle-like towers, parapets, and tracery windows were common. The most recognizable feature is the pointed Gothic arched windows and entries. Influenced from various European Gothic ideas, the style in Edmonton was used mostly for institutional buildings but some gothic elements, such as pointed windows and tracery, were used to ornament houses. Today the best examples of Gothic Revival architecture can be seen in some of Edmonton’s grand early churches.


  • Steeply pitched gable or cross gable roof 
  • Vaulted Ceiling
  • Heavier appearance to structures
  • Pointed arches as decorative element and as window shape
  • Front facing gables with decorative tracery
  • Gables often topped with finials or cross-bracing
  • Decorative medieval-inspired detailing
  • Buttresses or pilasters


Character Defining Elements

Artificial stone, Brick cladding, Brick structure, Buttress, Coping, Corbelling, Cornice, Crenellated parapet, Cupola, Date stone, Decorative brick, Flat roof, Gable roof, Gabled parapet, Gothic windows, Intersecting gable roof, Irregular footprint, Keystone, L shape footprint, Lintel, Pendant, Pilaster, Plinth, Polished stone, Porch, Poured concrete structure, Quoins, Rectangular footprint, Rusticated stone, Smooth stone, Spire, Stained glass, String course, Three storeys or more, Tower, Two storeys


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