I’m continuing to have boatloads of fun photographing outstanding Edmonton architecture. Today’s victim was/is the Shaw Conference Centre or, “The Shaw” as most Edmontonians have come to know it. The Shaw was designed by local architect James Wensley and opened in 1983 (Wow, I can’t believe it’s been that long!). It’s home to countless special events, corporate dinners, concerts and (you guessed it) conferences.
I took this photo just today. It was a long time coming – a shot that took a fews tries (over several different days) to get ‘just right’. I always planned it as a follow-up to the one below it (blog post here), which I took last year. Click here to view my Shaw Conference Centre Photo Gallery.
Continuing with my interest in photographing Edmonton’s outstanding architecture, today’s post features the Grant MacEwan City Centre Campus. The university is named for noted educator and politician Dr. John Walter Grant MacEwan. Initially a community college (Grant MacEwan Community College or, GMCC), construction of the downtown campus began in the 1990’s. Its development added greatly as a magnet to Edmonton’s core, leading the way for other numerous residential and commercial developments. Grant MacEwan University is truly another Edmonton architectural jewel.
Following up on my trip to the Peter Hemingway Fitness & Leisure Centre, this post pays tribute to another one of Hemingway’s contributions to Edmonton’s architecture. The Muttart Conservatory was completed in 1976, and is a jewel nestled in Edmonton’s river valley that ranks as one of our finest architectural icons. You can view more b&w photos from this series at my Muttart Conservatory Gallery, or click here for an example of the beauty you’ll find inside the Muttart.
Edmonton’s Telus World of Science is a pretty cool place. It opened in 1984 (hard to believe I was still in high school!) as a replacement for the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium (which is still standing, but in a state of disrepair). In addition to housing it’s own planetarium, it also offers a huge, IMAX theatre that airs nature and astronomy themed shows, as well as offering excellent, interactive science displays. Once known as the Edmonton Odyssium, the centre even has outdoor telescopes for viewing the night sky. It’s a great place for kids and adults alike who have an interest in science.