St. Albert Grain Elevator Park

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St. Albert Grain Elevator Park
Grain Elevators St Albert Alberta Canada 02A.jpg
The grain elevators in 2010, prior to their restoration.
Established 2005
Location St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Coordinates 53°37′59″N 113°38′27″W / 53.63313°N 113.64089°W / 53.63313; -113.64089Coordinates: 53°37′59″N 113°38′27″W / 53.63313°N 113.64089°W / 53.63313; -113.64089
Type open-air, agricultural history, railway history
Website St. Albert Grain Elevator Park

St. Albert Grain Elevator Park is an open-air museum which features two historic grain elevators and a reconstructed railway station.

The two elevators are a 1906 Brackman-Ker Milling Company Elevator and a 1929 Alberta Wheat Pool Elevator, both which were designated as Provincial Historic Resources in January 2007. [1] The park also features the St. Albert Railway Station and Visitor Centre, a replica of the former 1909 St. Albert Canadian Northern Railway railway station, built in 2005.

The museum is operated by the Arts & Heritage Foundation of St. Albert. Guided tours of the Grain Elevators and Railway Station are available from May to September.

Restoration[edit]

While grain elevators are rapidly disappearing from the Prairies, the St Albert Grain Elevators have a new lease on life as they have been restored for future generations to enjoy and experience. St. Albert's 1906 and 1929 Albert Wheat Pool Elevators were constructed in the golden age of Canada's grain trade. After significant restoration, St. Albert's grain elevators will remain distinctive symbols of our heritage and stand as icons of a way of life and of the province itself.

The grain elevators reopened to the public in 2011 after a year-long restoration. The restoration project included repairs and stabilization of the foundations, roofs re-shingled, metal cladding secured and repainted, rotten timbers replaced and windows restored. Work continued into 2011 on the 1929 elevator, which had considerable more rot then the 1906 elevator, included residing and repainting the elevators with the Alberta Wheat Pool colour and logo. Throughout the project, the City of St. Albert, Arts and Heritage, HIP architects and Delnor Construction worked closely with the Provincial Heritage Advisor to ensure all restoration work complied with the Standards and Guidelines for the Preservation of Historic Places in Canada.

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  1. ^ City of St. Albert - Heritage Sites

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