combined with City of Lethbridge and Alberta Main Street Program support
continues to positively transform the built heritage landscape of downtown
Lethbridge. The Lethbridge Main Street Project continues to gain momentum and
an increasing number of property owners are taking advantage of the funding and
design assistance provided to them through the project office.
building façade projects that were completed during the initial years, provided
an excellent example of what can be achieved. The ability to attract and
maintain long-term tenants has been a direct consequence of the investment made
to preserve and restore the heritage character of project buildings. As the
numbers of completed main street buildings increases, so does the interest of
both property owners and the public.
The Lethbridge Main
Street Project has played an integral role in the revitalization of the
downtown core as well as the process that led to the development of the Heart
of Our City Master Plan initiative. The Lethbridge Main Street Project was
influential in bringing about amendments to the City of Lethbridge Land-Use
Bylaw for the Downtown Commercial District.
As a result, all applications for
new development, alterations to existing buildings and signage must be reviewed
and approved by the Lethbridge Main Street Project office. Although the impact
on the architectural landscape and revitalization within the Main Street area
has been significant, there are still a large number of viable enhancement,
restoration and signage opportunities within the downtown footprint.
Besides the numerous
façade restorations that have taken place, downtown Lethbridge is fortunate to
have retained a number of significant buildings from the past. A number of
these buildings have merited designation and can be found on Provincial and
are encouraged to check out the Post Office building, Sir Alexander Galt
Museum, Chinese Free Masons building, Paramount Theatre building, Bow On Tong
building, Acadia Block building, Professional building and many other fine
examples of turn-of-the-century and modern architecture.