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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 Cancelled 

At the recommendation of Alberta Health Services and the direction of City administration, the This Old Edmonton House workshops have been cancelled.

This Old Edmonton House Workshops - 2020

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


Photo of someone laying bricks using a trowel.

Historic homes with masonry and stucco exteriors can bring unique challenges for maintenance. Learn how to spot the warning signs and head off future issues.

Date: Monday April 20, 2020
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $25
Course Code: 664789 
Instructor: Chris Ambrozic and Thomas Erkel

Millwork and Floors

Photo of feet walking across a floor.

Learn how to revive tired woodwork without stripping, and how to repair, restore and replace if necessary. Find out about the kinds of flooring that are appropriate for old house restoration plus more.

Date: Monday April 27, 2020
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $25
Course Code: 664790 
Instructor: Johanne Yakula


Image of a house foundation under construction.

The foundation for any historic home restoration is a good foundation! Learn about common foundation problems and solutions.

Date: Monday May 4, 2020
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $25
Course Code: 664791 
Instructors: Arda Ozum and Peter Caron

Decorating Your Heritage Home and Tour

A photo of historic Rutherford House.

Learn how interiors of homes have evolved over time, and how these were related to Edmonton’s context. The workshop ends with a tour of historic Rutherford House.

Date: Monday May 11, 2020
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $25
Course Code: 664792 
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 23, 2020
Time: 9am-noon
Cost: $25
Course Code: 664793
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 25, 2020
Time: 7-9pm
Cost: $25
Course Code: 664794 
Instructor: Peter Caron

Researching Your Heritage Home

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Learn how you can research the history of your Edmonton heritage home. The session will also introduce you to the City’s designation program and to the benefits of maintaining your historic property. 

Date: Tuesday June 2, 2020
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: $10
Course Code: 664795 
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.

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