Baker Clinic — 1953 & 1959

Baker Clinic, James Dow

Baker Clinic, James Dow

10004 – 10010 105 Street

Designed by: Dewar Stevenson Stanley Architects
Built by: 1953 Mill and Olson, 1959 Poole Construction
Developer: 1959 Polo Developments (later known as Oxford Investment Group)

The Baker Clinic was designed and constructed in two stages. The first stage, designed in 1953, was a one-storey Prairie Style brick structure designed to be a health care centre and clinic. The entrance portico incorporates heavy, vertical, brick fins for contrast.

Provincial Archives of Alberta WS75.2

Provincial Archives of Alberta WS75.2

The 1959 3-storey addition is an early example of curtain-wall construction using two colours of metal spandrel panels that tend to diminish the apparent mass of the tower. Its massing seems inspired by the Bauhaus. An elaborate sunscreen system has been added to the south elevation to contribute to the design. Although separated by seven years, the 1953 building with its solidity serves as a suitable podium for the 1959 addition which is very light in appearance.

Provincial Archives of Alberta WS342

Provincial Archives of Alberta WS342

SEE ALSO:

“Celebrating the modern movement”
Lawrence Herzog, It’s Our Heritage, Vol 26 No 41, October 16, 2008 

In defense of modern buildings
Lawrence Herzog, Inside Edmonton, Vol 26 No 41, October 16, 2008 

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