January 2004 Update
The University of Alberta has finally released the independent heritage assessment it commissioned in early 2003 on western North Garneau. It confirms Preserve Garneau's position about the heritage value of this unique neighbourhood.
Edmonton architect, David Murray, and historian, Ken Tingley, together with Vancouver heritage consultant Don Luxton conclude in their report that this neighbourhood is "an important and historically significant neighbourhood, in relation to the remainder of North Garneau and to [the] overall city".
They recognize its unique character in being the last nearly intact neighbourhood with housing "from the earliest to the late stages of housing development associated with the University", and also the "very strong connection between the development of this neighbourhood and the cultural development of the University and the City."
Detailed surveys in the report for each of the houses confirm this by noting that one house is a Provincial Historic Site (Emily Murphy House) and nine are listed on the City of Edmonton Register of Historic Resources. A further 43 are evaluated as being "above average" or "excellent" in at least one of the reviewed criteria "Historical Associations" or "Historical Patterns".
North Garneau truly is the living museum PRESERVE Garneau believes it to be!
Click this link http://www.uofaweb.ualberta.ca/publicaffairs to visit the University's Community Consulation site.
Copies are also available from:
Emily P Rowan - mail
University of Alberta
Saving the Best of the Past for the Future
email: doug.gorman at preservegarneau dot org