Design plans for this project were developed with contribution from the TELUS World of Science Edmonton and the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. [7], Construction first began in August 1907. The cornerstone was laid by the Governor General of Canada, Albert Grey, 4th Earl Grey, on October 1, 1909. One portion of the building will become park washrooms accessible to the public during park hours. MacEwan is a part of the Old Canadian National rail yard redevelopment. Date: September 24 to October 7, 1984Accompanied by Prince Philip for all parts of the visit except ManitobaQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip toured New Brunswick and Ontario to participate in events marking the bicentennials of those two provinces. A short section of 108 Street, called "Capital Boulevard", is anchored by two terminating vistas, the legislature and MacEwan University's City Centre Campus. Date: October 5 to 13, 1964Accompanied by Prince PhilipQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip Visited Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Quebec City, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario to attend the commemoration of the three major conferences that led up to Canadian Confederation in 1867. ThoughtCo uses cookies to provide you with a great user experience. Know what's happening in your neighbourhood, from City Councillors to the city's programs and services. The Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium, located in Coronation Park, is the first of its kind in Canada and an important historical landmark in Edmonton. Effective August 1, 2020, wearing a mask or face covering is mandatory in all indoor public places and public vehicles. The building is located on a promontory overlooking the scenic North Saskatchewan River valley near the location of Fort Edmonton, Mark V (1830–1915), a Hudson's Bay Company fur-trading post, a long-established economic and administrative centre of the western Prairies. The security of the Legislature building and surrounding grounds are the responsibility of the Alberta Sheriffs Branch. Date: June 18 to August 1, 1959Accompanied by Prince PhilipThis was Queen Elizabeth's first major tour of Canada. Queen Elizabeth also visited Manitoba. Here are found several provincial government office buildings including the Federal Building. Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state, always draws crowds when she visits Canada.Since her accession to the Throne in 1952, Queen Elizabeth has made 22 official Royal visits to Canada, usually accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and sometimes by her children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Learn more at On November 30, 1911, the first session was held in the building. Date: March 8 to 11, 1983Accompanied by Prince PhilipAt the end of a tour of the U.S. West Coast, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Vernon, Kamloops and New Westminster, British Columbia. The first floor is faced with Vancouver Island granite; upper floors feature sandstone from the Glenbow Quarry in Calgary. She officially opened the St. Lawrence Seaway and visited all Canadian provinces and territories over the span of six weeks. The legislature building was located along 97 Avenue. That road was routed through a tunnel during the 1970s renovations to the grounds, allowing a large plaza to connect the legislature to a greenspace to the north. Date: June 27 to July 1, 1990Queen Elizabeth visited Calgary and Red Deer, Alberta, and then joined the celebrations for Canada Day in Ottawa, Canada's capital. All rights reserved. 2019: Construction (anticipated completion end of year), 2017: Municipal historic resource designation, 2015: Partnership opportunities explored and proponent(s) confirmed for joint operations of the Queen Elizabeth Planetarium, 2014: Funding request for renewal approved in the 2015-18 capital budget. The building was officially opened by Lord Grey's successor, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught and Strathearn, on September 3, 1912.[8]. Free tours of the facility are offered throughout the week. Beaux-Arts buildings are characterized by a large central dome above a spacious rotunda, a symmetrical T-shaped plan, doors and windows decorated with arches or lintels, and a portico supported by massive columns. Prince Philip had his own program of events. Date: July 26 to August 6, 1978Accompanied by Prince Philip, Prince Andrew, and Prince EdwardToured Newfoundland, Saskatchewan and Alberta, attending the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Alberta. EA-4-22 Wilbert McIntyre Memorial Fountain in Queen Elizabeth Park City of Edmonton Archives ... Wilbert McIntyre Memorial Fountain in Queen Elizabeth Park MS-70-EA-4-22 [ca. Date: June 25 to July 5, 1973Accompanied by Prince PhilipQueen Elizabeth's first visit to Canada in 1973 included an extended tour of Ontario, including events to mark the 300th anniversary of Kingston. Please choose between the following five options: Learn more about how we're transforming Edmonton, in the way we: © 2020 City of Edmonton. Date: June 23 to July 2, 1997Accompanied by Prince PhilipThe 1997 Royal Visit marked the 500th anniversary of John Cabot's arrival in what is now Canada. The use of Greek, Roman, and Egyptian architectural influences was considered appropriate for a public building, as they suggested power, permanence, and tradition. It has occasionally been shortened to "the Ledge".[1][2][3]. Also, for the province's centennial, the Queen unveiled in the same structure a series of stained glass windows that highlight the role of the monarchy in Alberta over the previous century. By using ThoughtCo, you accept our, Facts About Canada's Geography, History, and Politics, The Relationship Between Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Victoria, How Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip Are Related, Canadian Sales Tax Rates by Province and Territory, Abbreviations for Provinces and Territories in Canada, British Royal Weddings from Victoria to Meghan Markle, 1952: Princess Elizabeth Becomes Queen at 25, Germanic Trivia: The Houses of Windsor and Hanover, B.A., Political Science, Carleton University. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visited St. John's and Bonavista, Newfoundland; NorthWest River, Shetshatshiu, Happy Valley and Goose Bay, Labrador, They also visited London, Ontario and viewed the floods in Manitoba. The fountain inside the Legislature Building was installed during 1959 to commemorate the first visit of Queen Elizabeth II to the building. Queen Elizabeth, Canada's head of state, always draws crowds when she visits Canada. The intent of the rehabilitation is to honour the heritage, historical and architectural importance of the original exterior structure, while increasing the functionality of the interior. Date: May 3 to May 12, 1971Accompanied by Princess AnneQueen Elizabeth and Princess Anne marked the centennial of British Columbia's entry into Canadian Confederation by visiting Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, William Lake and Comox, B.C. Date: August 13 to 22, 1994Accompanied by Prince PhilipQueen Elizabeth and Prince Philip toured Halifax, Sydney, the Fortress of Louisbourg, and Dartmouth, Nova Scotia; attended the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, British Columbia; and visited Yellowknife, Rankin Inlet and Iqaluit (then part of the Northwest Territories). Several memorials and statues are situated within the Legislative Buildings, or the grounds surrounding it. Susan Munroe is a public affairs and communications professional based in Canada. The Alberta Legislature Building is located in Edmonton and is the meeting place of the Legislative Assembly and the Executive Council. To the west of the building the grounds are bounded by 109 Street and the railway right-of-way coming north from the High Level Bridge, now used by the High Level Bridge Streetcar. Date: July 5 to 15, 1970Accompanied by Prince Charles and Princess AnneThe 1970 Royal Visit to Canada included a tour of Manitoba to celebrate the centennial of Manitoba's entry into Canadian Confederation. It is just up the hill from the archaeological finds at Rossdale Flats to the east, remnants of a long-standing First Nations campsite and location of an earlier Fort Edmonton. The legislature's location was selected shortly after Edmonton was confirmed as the provincial capital by the first session of the Legislature in 1906. [4] Also, for the province's centennial, the Queen unveiled in the same structure a series of stained glass windows that highlight the role of the monarchy in Alberta over the previous century. Date: June 28 to July 6, 2010Accompanied by Prince PhilipThe 2010 Royal Visit included celebrations in Halifax, Nova Scotia to mark the centennial of the founding of the Royal Canadian Navy, Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, and a dedication of the cornerstone for the Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Montreal architect Percy Nobbs helped with the final revisions. The Provincial Archives of Alberta holds drawings for virtually all provincial buildings executed under his supervision. Date: October 9 to 24, 1987Accompanied by Prince PhilipOn the 1987 Royal Visit, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip toured Vancouver, Victoria and Esquimalt, British Columbia; Regina, Saskatoon, Yorkton, Canora, Veregin, Kamsack and Kindersley, Saskatchewan; and Sillery, Cap Tourmente, Rivière-du-Loup and La Pocatière, Quebec. The building is supported on concrete piles and constructed around a steel skeleton. To the north lies the "Government Centre" district within downtown Edmonton, south of Jasper Avenue, Edmonton's main street. The Coronation District Park Master Plan identifies Queen Elizabeth II Planetarium as an important element in the centre of the park that is intended to provide a community gathering place. [6] Allan Merrick Jeffers served as the Alberta Provincial Architect from September 1907 to 1910.