Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Edmonton

So far, all of the architecture I’ve been featuring has been built in the last 30 years… glass and metal has been prominent in those structures. Not so with today’s featured building.

The Hotel MacDonald – affectionately known as “The Mac” by Edmontonians was built in 1912 by Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. It was one of several luxury hotels built across Canada – all of which are now owned by Fairmont Hotels and Resorts. For a long time, the Mac existed where little else stood in Edmonton’s present-day city centre skyline, and it is still a standout feature that proudly overlooks Edmonton’s beautiful North Saskatchewan River Valley. On a personal note, I work directly west of The Mac where the ol’ girl often treats me with its impression of a medieval european castle (seIMGP3747e bottom photo).


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