Canada Permanent Building

10126 100 Street, Edmonton   T5J 0P5

This wonderfully unique structure was built for the Canada Permanent Mortgage Corporation of Toronto. At the time it was constructed in 1910, the company was considered to be one of the oldest and largest loan institutions in Canada and had been in Edmonton since 1901. This three-storey brick and stone structure housed the company’s provincial headquarters in Alberta. The building was designed by renowned architect Roland Lines and constructed by Pheasey and Batson at a cost of around $70,000.

The building was constructed of reinforced concrete and was advertised as, “the only fire-proof building in Edmonton”. It featured a steel staircase and other steel fittings, including the window casements. Interiors included tile flooring, plaster columns and pilasters, enriched cornices and oak fittings.

The Canada Permanent Mortgage Building is one of the best examples of the Edwardian Baroque style, and one of the Lines’ greatest accomplishments. All the classical design elements have been well handled: the balustraded cornice, the open-topped segmentally arched pediment, the ionic pilasters, entablatured entrance, and the urns, cartouches and swags, all of which are carved stone.

Threatened with demolition in the early 1980’s, the building along with the neighbouring McLeod Building was purchased by the province. The building was designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 1995 and is on the “A” list of the Register of Historic Resources in Edmonton.

- Edmonton Historical Board

Designation & Awards  

Edmonton Historical Board Plaque Award

Provincial Historic Resource, 1995/01/03


Dawn Valentine - 24 Oct 2018

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