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10128 - 105 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T5H, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 2000/05/09

Southwest view of the A. Macdonald Building, showing its principal elevations (January 2004).; City of Edmonton, 2004.
Southwest view
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Date(s) de construction

1913/01/01 à 1914/01/01

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2005/03/23

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The A. Macdonald Building is a solid four-storey rectangular pre-World War One brick warehouse. It is situated on a corner location comprised of two city lots, just north of the former CNR right-of-way that defined the northern edge of Edmonton's historic downtown core.

Valeur patrimoniale

The A. Macdonald Building is historically significant for the role it played in the history of the storage and cartage of wholesale grocery goods in Edmonton to the mid-twentieth century. It was constructed in 1913 and named for Alexander Macdonald, president of the A. Macdonald Company of Winnipeg, whose Edmonton branch became one of the three largest grocery suppliers in northern Alberta.

The A. Macdonald Building has an historical association with four significant inter-related firms, the A. Macdonald Company, H.H. Cooper and Company, Macdonald-Cooper Ltd., and Macdonald's Consolidated Limited. Macdonald Consolidated Limited had become a subsidiary of Canada Safeway Limited when the warehouse was vacated in 1965.

The A. Macdonald Building is of architectural significance as one of Edmonton's most distinguished examples of commercial warehouse architecture. A landmark in the Central McDougall area, the A. Macdonald Building retains a high level of integrity of design and historic fabric, as well as a strong relationship to its site.

Source: City of Edmonton (Bylaw: 12265)

Éléments caractéristiques

- form and massing exemplified by its rectangular shape and four stories;
- the design of the building expressed on the two principal elevations including original articulation of the hard red brick walls on the south and west facades that include piers and recessed spandrels, brick corbels, and decorative diamond shaped stonework;
- patterns of fenestration and the rhythm of the structural openings on each facade;
- detailing of four ground floor arched entrance-loading docks with double loading doors above grade on the west facade which illustrate the original storage function of the building;
- classical entablature and paired rusticated pilasters flanking the main entrance;
- painted ghost wall signage identifying the corporate occupancy and function of the building on the east and north facades;
- parapet and roof flag pole over the south facade;
- building name plaque above the main entrance.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Administrations locales (Alb.)

Loi habilitante

Historical Resources Act

Type de reconnaissance

Ressource historique municipal

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes


Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Édifice à logements multiples


Commerce / Services commerciaux

Architecte / Concepteur

W.A. Irish



Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

City of Edmonton, Planning and Development Department, 10250 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4 (Digital File: 841142) City of Edmonton Archives, 10440 - 108 Avenue, Edmonton, AB, T5H 3Z9. (Clipping File: A. Macdonald Building; Alberta's Capital, 1914)

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