A community walk around the old Royal Alberta Museum site Sunday afternoon has reignited concerns for the building while a decision from the provincial government on its future remains in the balance.
The modernist building in Glenora has been closed to the public since December 2015 as Alberta’s artifacts made the move to a bigger space downtown. The site is still occupied by some of the thousands of archives as staff plan to complete the full move by 2020.
But even without the artifacts inside, residents are hoping to restore the 1967 building that has become history itself.
Alberta architect Darrel Babuk, who led the Jane’s Walk around the exterior of the site, said the Glenora building has become a landmark in its own right and needs to be saved to protect the stories it holds.
“It collected all of our stories and it itself became a great story,” Babuk said ahead of the walk. “To vacate and move into another building somewhere else, we’ve kind of ignored all of those stories embodied in the building. It goes against what a museum is.”