Sunday, May 5th
Valleyview's "opening" in 1957 coincided with a golden age of modernist architecture in Edmonton - and Valleyview Drive's earliest residents gave themselves licence to commission some of Edmonton's most cutting-edge architects, including Peter Hemingway and Don Bittorf, to build them dramatic and original homes on the edge of the river, employing styles reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright and Arthur Erickson. Now, some of those original modernist mansions jockey for space with upstart infill projects, as a neighbourhood that's always been home to larger-than-life characters makes room for a few more. Edmonton Journal columnist Paula Simons grew up in Valleyview. Join her for a look at some of Edmonton's most striking homes and river valley views -and for the tales of the personalities who weren't afraid to push things right to the edge of the city. (With optional extension into the ravine/dog park behind Valleyview Crescent.) https://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en
Paula Simons is the Edmonton Journal's City columnist. She grew up in Valleyview, where her parents still live, and had her first horsey ride at Andy's Valleyview IGA. She is a co-author of the best-selling popular history, Alberta: One Hundred Years a Home, and the writer-producer of a number of Ideas documentaries about western Canadian history. In November 2008, she was honoured by the Edmonton Historical Board for her writings on Edmonton history, architecture and heritage preservation.