The real estate industry in Alberta has played a vital role in shaping communities. Not only has it contributed to the province's economic development, the history of the transactions it facilitates also chronicle the social, political, demographic, and architectural heritage of cities, towns and rural communities across the province. Collectively and individually, real estate professionals have made and continue to make significant contributions to the fabric of the province, and these deserve to be made known.
Alberta's Real Estate Heritage website is an educational multimedia website showcasing information about all aspects of the real estate industry - its history, people, and landmark buildings. The website is divided into five primary sections.
- The Industry - Explore Alberta's history dating back
to the nineteenth century. The section is divided chronologically allowing for an in-depth analysis of
Alberta's real estate industry. Examine the Depression's impact on Alberta's economy and understand how
the discovery of oil reshaped Alberta's real estate landscape after the Second World War. Finally, this
section introduces several important issues affecting today's real estate market such as urban sprawl and
- Regions - This section is dedicated solely to Edmonton's
real estate heritage through the reproduction of Responsible Enterprise, a book written by Dr.
John Gilpin in 1997. Responsible Enterprise: A History of Edmonton Real Estate and the Edmonton Real
Estate Board traces the history of the Edmonton Real Estate Board from its earliest beginnings to its present-day
- The People - This section tells the story of the
people and families representing Alberta's real estate industry. A number of key individuals have had a
tremendous impact on the growth and development of the industry and their inspirational stories can be
- Landmark Buildings and Places - Alberta is home
to a number of historically significant landmarks. Discover the history behind unique commercial properties,
residential homes, and public spaces across the province.
- Multimedia - This section provides a range of
digital resources, including a photographic archive and audio excerpts.