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Once the Kirkness Lake property became the Edmonton Exhibition Association’s (EEA) final destination during the historical era, permanent buildings for the organization were created for the first time. Money was invested to build facilities that were spacious and tailored enough to support community events hosted by the EEA.

Livestock Pavilion's exteriorIn future years, the buildings would take on unexpected uses. Out of the First and Second World Wars emerged a fresh set of community needs and the EEA found itself housing military personnel. Changes would also come as the association ventured into different sectors. 

A representative review of its historic buildings would not be complete without mention of the Livestock Pavilion and the Manufacturers Building. 

Home Building ExpositionInspired by the Minnesota State Fair building, Mr. Rollie Lines, created the Livestock Pavilion’s final design. Though the initial process was swift, construction was not—it took various contractors to complete the work. In the end, the structure could boast specially crafted box seating for "society people," and sturdy benches to seat 3,000 spectators. Affectionately known as the "Arena" by its visitors, the building underwent major renovations following the Second World War. Following a hockey revival after the Edmonton Flyers franchise became active, the Livestock Pavilion required more room. Additions were made and along with a new face, the building became the Edmonton Gardens. It remained untouched until it was demolished in 1982.

Peter Rule, a local professional who had worked as an architect, built the EEA's Manufacturers Building during the historical era. Taking a peculiar shape, the octagonal building was constructed from wood and completed in 1912, preceding the Livestock Pavilion. As a place of commerce and showcasing, the Manufacturers Building had numerous patrons throughout its existence. 

Livestock Pavilion sales ringLight refreshment stands provided additional services for guests who were perusing the booths. From dairy booths to jewelry displays—they could all be found nestled in the Manufacturers Building during trade shows, summer exhibitions, or any other given time of the year. So well patronized was the facility that an annex was created for it in 1928.

Despite the building’s usefulness, safety considerations heralded its demise and the predominantly wooden structure was deemed a fire hazard. Having served the EEA well, the Manufacturers Building was eventually torn down, replaced by the AgriCom in 1974.

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