Modern City Building Takes Historic Prize
June 15, 2012
The Peter Hemingway Fitness and Leisure Centre has received a national award for being a historic modern landmark and a significant piece of Canadian 20th century architecture.
The Heritage Canada Foundation in partnership with Architecture Canada presented the Prix du XXe siècle to the City of Edmonton at the Architecture Canada – Festival of Architecture on June 15, 2012 in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
The City of Edmonton commissioned architect Peter Hemingway to design the facility as a project to mark Canada’s centennial. It was designed in 1967 and completed in 1970. Originally known as Coronation Pool, the facility was renamed in 2005 to commemorate and honour Hemingway’s work in the capital region. Hemingway also designed the Muttart Conservatory in the river valley.
“As an architect and visionary, Peter Hemingway made a lasting and compelling contribution to Edmonton’s visual and built heritage,” said the Edmonton Heritage Council in their application to nominate the centre. “Hemingway’s renowned structure connects with Edmontonians and reflects the prairie and parkland cityscape.”
“We’re proud to celebrate Hemingway’s legacy in our city,” said Councillor Ben Henderson who received the award on behalf of the City.
“And I’m also pleased that this award gives recognition to a generation of buildings that we are increasingly at risk of losing because they are too modern for us to fully appreciate their value.”
The Prix du XXe siècle was created to help bring national attention to the heritage value of modern buildings and raise awareness about nationally significant 20th century architecture in Canada.
“As a City we are committed to preserving, celebrating and supporting Edmonton’s heritage, arts and culture, as well as excellence in urban and architectural design,” said Henderson.
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(From the City of Edmonton website: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/news/2012/modern-city-building-takes-historic-prize.aspx)
Councillor Henderson was pleased to accept the award on behalf of the City of Edmonton along with architect Peter Hemingway’s daughter Mistaya in St. John’s, Newfoundland.
For more information on the Prix du XXe siècle:
Paula Simons’s take on the award in the Edmonton Journal:
Edmonton architect Barry Johns on the Hemingway Centre’s award: