Item - PE000375 - Memorandum of Agreement - Edmonton Civic Centre Development Project

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PE000375 - Memorandum of Agreement - Edmonton Civic Centre Development Project

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  • Oct. 20, 1961 (Creation)

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Six (6)-page document.

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Document titled “Memorandum of Agreement” between The City of Edmonton and Webb and Knapp (Canada), Edmonton Alberta, October 20th, 1961.

Part of a collection of materials related to the planned Edmonton Civic Centre in the 1960s. In the early 1960s, Webb & Knapp, a large land development company, entered into an agreement with the City of Edmonton to develop a proposal for a new downtown civic centre. The agreement contained provisions such that Webb & Knapp would fund the cost of the proposal, and if the proposal were to be approved, Webb & Knapp would receive considerable land rights in the development area as compensation. However, were the proposal to be rejected, the proposal itself was to become property of the City of Edmonton. The proposal by Webb & Knapp was ultimately rejected, but not until after the City of Edmonton Planning Commission developed its own proposal that, Webb & Knapp argued, made significant use of the original proposal. Webb & Knapp sued the City of Edmonton, ultimately winning a decision on breach of copyright in 1970.

Collection includes memorandum of agreement between the City of Edmonton and slated developers Webb & Knapp, architectural plans from Webb & Knapp as well as the City of Edmonton, cityscape photographs, and an artist’s concept rendering. PE000368 (F-8-0-0-5) to PE000375 (F-8-0-0-12).

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Bruce Peel Special Collections is part of University of Alberta Libraries.

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