Historic McLuhan House


Restoration and Rehabilitation for Adaptive Reuse

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McLuhan House, originally a single-family house, was converted to a commercial use when it was purchased by Arts Habitat as their administrative headquarters. The House was designated as a Municipal Historic Resource and the zoning was changed to allow the new use. The House then had to be in compliance with the Alberta Building Code to allow the new commercial use. This meant that there were numerous interior and exterior building code issues that had to be resolved before a compliance certificate could be issued. At the same time, Arts Hab was committed to exterior restoration of the House as part of the designation agreement with the city of Edmonton. The restoration and the rehabilitation work took over a year to complete.
The following article has been extracted from an Edmonton Journal article by Paula Simons on January 28, 2016