Jubilee Auditorium — 1954

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, James Dow

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, James Dow

87 Avenue and 114 Street

Designed by: Alberta Public Works (Ron Clarke Chief Architect)
Built by: Wells Construction
Original Owner: Government of Alberta

Ever since opening for the Golden Jubilee of Alberta, its 50th anniversary, the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium remains a landmark of distinctive design and sumptuous materials. Its Vermont marble exterior and Italian marble interior elements, accented by extensive French walnut paneling within the auditorium, bespeak a luxurious venue appropriate for the premier artistic stage for the city.

Provincial  Archives of Alberta WS194-1

Provincial Archives of Alberta WS194-1

The Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium is an excellent example of functionalism (shape of building corresponds to the function) of the Early Modern style of architecture. Its curved front facade provides a sculptural form behind the extended portico. The portico creates a weather-protected walkway and passenger unloading area, and a broad public entrance under a low canopy. The Jubilee Auditorium was originally set in a vast open area. Extensive landscaping was added at the front.


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


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