Great Western Saddlery Building

10137 104 Street, Edmonton   T5J 0Z9

In 1894, E.F.Hutchings took over a harness business started by H.A. Finch in 1886, forming the Edmonton Saddlery Company.  In 1900 this company was absorbed by the Winnipeg-based Great West Saddlery Company.  The company was growing quickly with the settlement of the west.  In response to that growth, Great West Saddlery built this 45,000 square foot wholesale warehouse in 1911.  It was designed by local architect Edward C. Hopkins and constructed at a cost of $100,000.

From this location the Great West Saddlery Company employed 30 people.  It supplied customers throughout central and northern Alberta with its “Horse Shoe Brand” of leather products including baggage, belts, oiled clothing, saddles, gloves and mackinaw jackets.  By 1918 it was the largest saddlery company in the world.

This building stands as a classic reminder of Edmonton’s rapid commercial development before the First World War.

- Edmonton Historical Board

Designation & Awards

Edmonton Historical Board Plaque Award


Everything Old Canada - 10 Apr 2018

Hello from Vancouver Island! We just wanted to share this glass slide we have of the E.F. Hutchings building. Hope this is helpful! Andrew Manager, Everything Old Canada

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Marion Ewasiuk - 28 Aug 2019

My father, Ed Thomas arrived in Canad from Wales in 1911 and worked at the Great West Saddlery Is there any records of employees at that time on file Please contact me if possible Marion Ewasiuk phone: 250-785-3244

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Marion Ewasiuk - 22 Oct 2019

Is there a reason that my request was flagged inappropriate My understanding was that the Great West Saddlery recruited workers from the United Kingdon and Wales and I was only wishing to confirm if my father could have been on record in your files A response would be sincerely appreciated Thank you

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James Hutchings - 23 Sep 2021

The image above is not the Great West Saddlery Bldg in Edmonton. It is a picture of a building EF Hutchings Saddlery occupied in Winnipeg, located at the northeast intersection of Main Street and Market Avenue. Refer to attached photo, dated 1905

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Janet Kawchuk - 20 Apr 2022

Hi there. I see you were accepting clothing donations to help Ukrainian refugees. Are you still accepting donations? If so, when and where could I drop some off? Thanks. Janet 780-964-1215

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Era: Urban Growth
Themes: Trade & Industry
Cultural Groups:
Area: Central

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