- Sep 22, 2015
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- Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
Edmonton looking at historical designation for Highlands landmark
The city wants to designate the building that houses a long-time Edmonton landmark as a municipal historic resource.
The three-storey Gibbard Block at 6427 112 Ave. has been the site since 1982 of La Boheme restaurant, which features bed-and-breakfast suites on the upper floors.
The brick structure was constructed at the height of Edmonton’s pre-First World War real estate boom in 1913 to provide luxury apartments and shops for the exclusive Highlands neighbourhood, promoted as a bedroom community for Edmonton’s elite, according to a report going to city council Tuesday.
The project was partly financed by William Magrath and Bidwell Holgate — the developers who created Highlands and whose mansions still stand on Ada Boulevard — along with Ontario businessman William Gibbard.
Technically just outside the Highlands boundary, the building featured such modern touches as a central gas plant to provide clean cooking fuel, and each suite had a telephone and a bath with hot water night and day, says a note by Alberta Heritage, which lists the site as a registered historic resource.