Urban Sketchers Edmonton are joining me in one of my goals as Edmonton’s 5th Historian Laureate: sketching Edmonton’s architectural heritage (or as much as we can!)
Our first architectural heritage sketchout was at the Prince of Wales Armouries, on Saturday May 5, 2018. In my new position, I was speaking at the Edmonton Regional Heritage Fair that morning, and not wanting to miss a sketchout, I suggested that everyone come and sketch the historic Prince of Wales Armouries.
The Prince of Wales Armouries is also home to the very important heritage institution, The City of Edmonton Archives, where I am doing lots of research right now for some history and art projects coming up.
We had a beautiful sunny day!
Sketch by Marlena Wyman
Sketch by Marlena Wyman
Sketch by Joanna Marie
Sketch by Irina Kruglyakova
Sketch by Barry Hollingshead
Sketch by Merts Belmes
Sketch by Misty Totman
Sketch by John Valente
Sketch by Terry Elrod
Sketch by Shannon O’Blenes
Completed in 1915 for Department of National Defense, the Prince of Wales Armouries building (also known as the Edmonton Drill Hall) is significant for its role as Edmonton’s long-term training facility for Canada’s armed forces and for its contribution to the organization and mobilization of Canada’s military. The Drill Hall became the home of a number of prominent regiments, such as the 51st battalion and the 233rd French-Canadian Battalion during the First World War. It later served as a base for the 101st Edmonton Fusiliers, the Loyal Edmonton Regiment and the 49th Regiment. The Drill Hall was renamed the Prince of Wales Armouries in 1921 and was used as a military training site by the Department of National Defence until 1977.
The Prince of Wales Armouries building is significant for its scale, massing and distinctive Baronial Gothic style. It also has heritage value for its association with a highly successful Edmonton architect. Two architects were involved in the building’s design and construction; E.C. Hopkins, who was hired as the local architect, and D.E Ewart, the architect for the Federal Department of Public Works. Hopkins, Alberta’s first Provincial Architect and founder of the Alberta Association of Architects, had a distinguished career and was responsible for the design of several significant Edmonton landmarks including; Great West Saddlery Company Building, Pantages Theatre, Marshall Wells Building, the Horne Pitfield Building and the Balmoral Block.
Source: City of Edmonton (Bylaw: 13465)
Posted by Marlena Wyman