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Breathing New Life into Old Space

Posted May 18, 2017 by LSC

Blog by Alexandra Frederickson, Outreach Coordinator, Land Stewardship Centre

With some much needed renovations and improvements, Land Stewardship Centre is now able to make our culturally historic office, Imrie House, available to other non-profits and community groups to use for meetings and gatherings.

Hidden gem

Nestled quietly in a suburban area in west Edmonton, not many people are aware of the existence of Imrie House. However, if you maneuver your way through a confusing cul-de-sac and drive down a small dirt road, there you will find Imrie House, surrounded by trees, bristling with wildlife and offering a very beautiful view of the North Saskatchewan River valley.

Imrie House (which was originally called Six Acres) 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. These women were ahead of their time; not only were they were trailblazers in architecture and business, they also understood the importance of preserving and enjoying Alberta’s natural heritage.

Old space, new purpose

Today, there are few places like Imrie House, which represents and respects the architecture of a by-gone era. The house is located in a stunning natural setting which preserves the indigenous landscape once so common in Edmonton. With the history and importance of the property in mind, as the long-time tenant and caretaker of Imrie House, LSC wanted to harness the uniqueness of the property and create something which would directly support Alberta’s volunteer and non-profit community.

With funding from Alberta Culture and Tourism’s Community Facility Enhancement Program, LSC was able to renovate the garage of Imrie House into a fully functional boardroom/meeting place. This transformed space, with its stunning view of the North Saskatchewan River, is available to non-profits and others to use for meetings, workshops and more. 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.

If you are interested in experiencing Imrie House’s unique setting, learning more about the rich cultural history of the property or booking the meeting space for your next function, please contact us.

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