I visited Red Deer, Alberta in May 2008 and again in June 2009. There are some wonderful old buildings in the Downtown core.


Gaetz Memorial United Church

The church is named for Rev. Dr. Leonard Gaetz (1841-1907). He was a pioneer Methodist minister in the Red Deer area.

Knox Presbyterian Church

This building was constructed in 1954.

New Life Tabernacle

This building was constructed as the Pentecostal Church of the Nazarene in 1913. It was moved to its present location in 1920.

Public Buildings

Reed Deer Public Library

Fire Hall No. 1

New Courthouse

Heritage Buildings

Farthing Block

This building was built in 1939 by Hugh Farthing to house his photography studio (and provide living quarters above). It is in the Prairie Venacular style of architecture.

Greene Block

This building was built in 1901 for George Wellington Greene's law office.

Old Court House

Construction of this building was completed in 1931. The architect was Frederick H. McDonald of the Department of Public Works. It ceased to be used for Court in 1983. While it now houses commercial offices (since 2000), most of the interior woodwork has been carefully retained and/or restored. It is an excellent example of the adaptive reuse of a heritage building.

Victorian House

It is very unusual to see a house in Alberta with this amount of Victorian "gingerbread" detail on the front facade.

Historic House

This building was highlighed on a 2008 heritage walking tour of Downtown, but, unfortunately, I don't remember why it is significant.

Buffalo Hotel Coffee Shop sign

This sign dates from 1959, when the Buffalo Hotel was expanded and rennovated.

Miscellaneous Buildings

Donut Mill

This restaurant is located in the Gasoline Alley district, on the highway South of Red Deer. It is a very famous landmark in the area (and the food there is very good too!)

Golden Circle Seniors Centre

I do not know who designed this new building, but the circular shape really reminds me of a Douglas Cardinal design.

Uptown Plaza


This is part of the local dairy.

This file is part of my Canadian Architectural Photographs collection.

Please direct all comments, suggestions, and additions to me at jhd@interbaun.com.

Last Modified: October 6, 2012