A month has passed since we last checked in at the site of Symphony Tower in downtown Edmonton, the multifaceted high-rise, townhouse, and heritage development edging closer and closer to completion. Long since topped off, the nearly fully clad 27-storey, 143-unit tower stands high above its low-rise counterparts, the townhouse and heritage components now receiving their fair share of attention. 

Symphony Tower, with townhouses and heritage components, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Situated at the foot of the Legislature grounds, at the northwest corner of 106 ST NW and 97 Ave NW, Symphony Tower has been invested with a certain degree of pomp, its classical music theme playing heavily throughout, carried into the design of the suites and common areas. The development is also rooted in local history, sharing the site with two heritage structures - the 1907 Foot House and 1913 Parkview Apartments - which will be restored and incorporated into the project. 

Redbrick townhouses, in contrast to heritage structures, image by Forum contributor Daveography

Taking a look from street level, the blending of new and old here is exemplary, the use of traditional materials for the low-rise townhouses serving as a natural bridge between the historic home/apartment block and modern glass condo tower. 

Symphony Tower, high-rise nearly complete, image by Forum contributor Daveography

As for the tower, cladding and glazing have continued, the bulk of the detail work now complete. Crews will soon move inside, the project as a whole set for completion by 2019. Symphony Tower will be a welcome addition to the neighbourhood, the Legislature grounds long overdue for high-density development of this sort - the heritage restoration a happy bonus. 

SkyriseEdmonton will be sure to return to this project as progress continues. For more information, check out the associated Database file and Forum thread, and as always, feel free to join the conversation in the comments section below. 

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