Mainstreet Project


Private investment 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.

The heritage 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 Federal registries.

History enthusiasts 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.