Federal Building, Edmonton

Following the defenestration of Ms. Redford from the leadership of the Alberta PC Party, it has emerged that she was attempting to have the top floor of the Federal Building in Edmonton turned into some rather swanky digs for herself. That’s neither here nor there, but as a fan of Art Deco, I’m pleased to see the building itself finally being renovated and put to use.

Though designed in 1930, it wasn’t built until 1955, by which time Art Deco was very much out of fashion. It was actually built two years after completion of the regrettable box to its immediate south which blights the landscape to this day with its dingy turquoiseness. (Visible at the far left in the rendering, and much uglier in real life.)

Federal Building, Edmonton

When I lived in Edmonton, the Federal Building had been empty for nearly a decade—asbestos made the cost of renovation prohibitively high—and I think there was some talk of tearing it down. So kudos to the Alberta government for having the asbestos removed and the building restored.

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