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Learn how to renovate a historic property or sign up for a workshop.

Buildings which are on the Register are designated as Municipal Historic Resources and have restrictions. If a building is designated the owner had to sign agreements or can see them on the land titles.

This Old Edmonton House Workshops - 2019

To register for a workshop, click the applicable course code below and you will be taken to the City's registration page.

Historic Interiors Tour

A photo of historic Rutherford House.

Tour Rutherford House to view how the residence was laid out. Focus will be on layout, materials, lighting and furniture. Great if you're restoring your house or interested in history.

Date: Monday April 29, 2019
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $25
Course Code: 644689
Instructor: Johanne Yakula

House Doctor

Photo of the interior of a home

This course gives you a chance to walk through a private historic home from top to bottom to evaluate the house for potential problems.

Date: Saturday May 11, 2019
Time: 9am-noon
Cost: $25
Course Code: 658127
Instructor: Peter Caron

Plastering Walls

Photo of a wall being plastered.

Plaster has traditionally been used to finish interior walls. Learn how to make easy repairs to maintain these walls.

Date: Monday May 13, 2019
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $25
Course Code: 644692
Instructor: Peter Caron

Researching Your Heritage Home

Image of a man doing research.

Join City of Edmonton Archivists and Heritage Planners and learn how you can research the history of your Edmonton heritage home.

Date: Tuesday May 28, 2019
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $10
Course Code: 644693
Instructors: Tim O’Grady and David Johnston

Making Changes

Owners are encouraged to maintain properties by restoring, repairing or replacing in kind the character defining elements as closely as possible to the resources' original design and materials. This does not prevent the application of contemporary processes and materials. The Designation Bylaw is put in place to manage change, and these are guided by the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada.

  • Alterations that require a development permit will be reviewed by a Heritage Planner
  • Land Use Bylaw and Alberta Building Code requirements apply
  • Zoning and attendant development rights and regulations apply
  • City regulations regarding fencing and landscaping apply
  • Municipal Historic Resources can’t be demolished
Regular Maintenance and Painting

Most alterations, including mechanical or electrical work, which are not damaging to the building's structural and historical integrity can be done at the owner's discretion. However, if you were proposing to do something that would affect the buildings' Character Defining Elements, contact a Heritage Planner to discuss and review your proposal.

Any proposed alterations to the interiors of houses on the Register, including any modifications to the plumbing, electrical or mechanical will not be subject to review or evaluation by the Heritage Planner. Only the standard development permit and building permit regulations will apply.

Any alterations to existing accessory buildings on the property will not be subject to review by the Heritage Planner unless an impact is apparent which affects the house as viewed from the public right-of-way.

New Additions

The Standards don’t require every element of a historic site remain intact and modern adaptations can easily be accommodated. Things like outdoor bathrooms, older kitchen facilities or single glazed windows are not expected to be kept. New additions are allowed but should be contextually appropriate with the site's historic architecture.

The bylaw identifies "Character-Defining Elements" that should be retained and included in any changes. The priority naturally is to keep original historical elements and favour their restoration rather than replacement. Where replacement of any character defining elements needs to occur, replacement in kind is desired.

Safety and Building Codes

Older buildings sometimes require structural retrofits or the addition of fire sprinklers and other equipment to enhance their safety. Owners are always encouraged to meet building codes where possible. Where some cannot be done, this does not make the building unsafe as some design features such as open staircases, slightly lower handrails are "grandfathered" in.

When you are considering making alterations to a heritage building, we encourage you to maintain its architectural and historical elements as outlined in the General Standards and Guidelines.

How to Register

Register online or phone 311 and provide the operator with the course code listed.

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