I love the permanence and beauty of buildings constructed with brick and mortar. I grew up in Dundas, Ontario and these types of buildings are everywhere. My grandfather owned a watch repair shop which was housed in such a building. When I went to visit him I loved to put my hands on the bricks ­—which were often warmed by the sun. The building is still there and on my last trip home I was overwhelmed with nostalgia and was able to enjoy the same sensation. I’m reminded to slow down and appreciate the beauty around us. —Peter Turner

Canada’s first Neon Sign Museum is part of Edmonton’s 104 Street revitalization. These iconic local signs were refurbished and now light up the side of the Telus Building.

This 30-meter brick chimney stack still stands on the Canada Packers meat packing plant’s old site north of Yellowhead Trail. It was built in 1936 and received municipal historical designation in 2001.

The Lambton Block (1914) is a McCauley neighbourhood landmark on 97 Street. As I pass by this classic apartment building, it captures the romantic in me and I’m transported to another time.

The Ukrainian Greek Catholic Association Hall (1917) in McCauley was designed by A.M. Jeffers, the first City Architect. He also designed landmarks like the Legislature and McLeod Building.

The Hecla Block (1914) is a historic Edwardian-style apartment building in the Boyle community. It was originally built for Edmonton’s working class using uncommon wire-cut brick.

The Hotel Grand / Hagmann Block (1913) in the McCauley neighbourhood. Hagmann was a local farmer who built the hotel as an investment property during Edmonton’s early boom years.

The Edmonton Light and Power Substation #100 (1913) on 80 Street and 115 Avenue is an early example of industrial design. When I go by this building, I feel like I’m in Greece.

This low-profile building on 95 Street isn’t a heritage building, yet the colour block panels make me look twice every time I go by.

The Molson Brewery Building (1913) and its rotating clock sign has been a 101-year old Oliver landmark. Most of the old building is demolished, but the tower will be part of the new Edmonton Brewery District.

The Builders Supplies Ltd. (1950) lumber storage building in McCauley. I close my eyes and imagine the smell of the lumber when standing outside the giant double doors.