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Imrie House

Six Acres (now known as Imire House) was designed and built in 1957 by architects Mary Louise Imrie and Jean Wallbridge, who were partners in Canada’s first all-female architectural firm. Six Acres served both as home and office for Mary and Jean, and their firm Wallbridge & Imrie Architects, for many years. The property is uniquely located in west Edmonton on the picturesque banks of the North Saskatchewan River.

An Enduring Legacy

Upon her passing in 1988, Mary Imrie left a large bequest, which included Six Acres, to the Province of Alberta for conservation purposes. Her intention was that the land and the home be used and enjoyed by the people of Alberta. Renamed Imrie House, the home and property stands as a testament to their conscientious design philosophy, a strong appreciation for the natural environment and a love for the Alberta landscape, which Mary and Jean built upon throughout their architectural careers and their lives. Imrie’s and Wallbridge’s home and their legacy deserves to be recognized and enjoyed by the broader community.

In 1996 Imrie House became home to Land Stewardship Centre. As an organization dedicated to enabling people and organizations to become better stewards, the legacy of Imrie House could not be better suited to supporting our mission.

A Place Worth Sharing

There are few places like Imrie House, which represents and respects the architecture of a by-gone era and which is located in a stunning natural setting which preserves the indigenous landscape once so common in Edmonton. As a long-time tenant and caretaker of Imrie House, LSC has harnessed the uniqueness of the property and created something which directly supports Alberta’s volunteer and non-profit community by transforming the Imrie House garage into a functional meeting space.

Making this new meeting space available at no cost helps meet a significant need of non-profit organizations and groups with limited financial means. This also enables volunteer and grassroots groups, community associations and clubs to experience the history of Imrie House and the unique natural environment in which the house is located.

Naturalist clubs, stewardship groups, community associations, art and culture clubs, architectural and history societies, social enterprises and support organizations – groups and organizations from across all sectors – can benefit from this new space.

  • Students of all ages and teachers could utilize the meeting space to learn directly and in an interactive way about ecology and botany, and architecture;
  • Naturalist activities such as bird watching, forest exploration, plant identification, etc. could be conducted in the natural setting of Six Acres;
  • The meeting space is perfect for art classes such as photography, painting, drawing.

Learn more about booking the Imrie House meeting space.

Special Thanks

We are grateful to Alberta Culture and Tourism for contributing funding to help renovate the garage into a purposeful meeting space. Through this financial contribution, the Government of Alberta has demonstrated their shared value for Imrie House and this project.

Front view of Imrie House.

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