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10134 - 100 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5J, Canada

Reconnu formellement en: 1995/01/03

McLeod Building Provincial Historic Resource, Edmonton (1944); Provincial Archives of Alberta, Bl.784
View looking southwest
The McLeod Building Provincial Historic Resource, Edmonton (April 2001); Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, 2001
Architectual detailing of the cornice
The McLeod Building Provincial Historic Resource, Edmonton (April 2001); Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, 2001
View looking southwest

Autre nom(s)

McLeod Block

Liens et documents

Date(s) de construction

1913/01/01 à 1915/01/01

Inscrit au répertoire canadien: 2006/03/29

Énoncé d'importance

Description du lieu patrimonial

The McLeod Building is a nine-storey brick and terra cotta structure in the Chicago Commercial style on a prominent corner in downtown Edmonton.

Valeur patrimoniale

The McLeod Building, designed in the Chicago Commercial style and as the only remaining terracotta-clad building in the city, is valued for its landmark status, its architecture and its unique decoration, which reflects the height of Edwardian-era architectural influences in Edmonton. Noted as the best local example of its kind, its style reflects a refined neo-classicism that was reinvented at the Chicago World's fair of 1893 and came into popular use in American cities in the early part of the twentieth century. The building was patterned after the Polson Block in Spokane Washington and was designed by the same architect, J.K. Dow.

In its association with the development of Edmonton's downtown, the significance of the McLeod Building was also that it was constructed in a prestigious office location in the heart of Edmonton's commercial core, and this was reflected in both its exterior and interior finishes. Its proximity to the former downtown post office, land titles office, courthouse and city hall attracted doctors, lawyers, insurance and grain companies, and many other prominent tenants. The building's prominence remained until the 1960's when new, modern office buildings attracted the city's elite clientele.

Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch (File: Des. 277)

Éléments caractéristiques

The building's Chicago Commercial style and distinction among other buildings in Edmonton are exemplified by the following elements:

- prominent corner location and orientation toward Edmonton's city hall and plaza;
- form, scale and massing;
- Chicago Commercial styling;
- tripartite exterior design, separating main floor, intermediate storeys and top floor to echo base, shaft and captial of classical column design;
- regularly-spaced fenestration consisting of one over one equally divided double-hung windows;
- ivory terra cotta on the north and east facades, windowsills, lintels and cornices, and matching glazed yellow brick on the west and south facades;
- classical revival detailing, including highly decorated cornice and polychrome friezes;
- "MCLEOD BVILDING" name band along the east-facing storefront frieze, and "JOHN K. DOW ARCHITECT 1913" inscription above the north-facing storefront cornice;
- the ground floor commercial storefront configuration.

- the front entrance lobby including Pavanose marble panelling;
- marble staircase, cast iron and wood balustrade and marble paneling from the ground floor to the penthouse;
- elevator lobbies and corridors with six foot marble wainscoting, decorative plaster and oak trim;
- original office doors and frames;
- original brass Cutler mail chute system.




Autorité de reconnaissance

Province de l'Alberta

Loi habilitante

Historical Resources Act

Type de reconnaissance

Ressource historique provinciale

Date de reconnaissance


Données sur l'histoire

Date(s) importantes

1912/01/01 à 1960/01/01

Thème - catégorie et type

Économies en développement
Commerce et affaires

Catégorie de fonction / Type de fonction


Commerce / Services commerciaux
Établissement de restauration ou de débit de boissons
Édifice à logements multiples


Commerce / Services commerciaux
Banque ou bourse
Commerce / Services commerciaux
Bureau ou édifice à bureaux

Architecte / Concepteur

John K. Dow



Informations supplémentaires

Emplacement de la documentation

Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, Old St. Stephen's College, 8820 - 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 (File: Des. 277)

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