Campbell Block - Lacombe, AB
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N 52° 27.790 W 113° 43.818
12U E 314522 N 5816060
Quick Description: The Leading Store is one of the oldest and one of the largest buildings in the business section of Lacombe.
Location: Alberta, Canada
Date Posted: 6/25/2020 10:42:34 AM
Waymark Code: WM12P8X
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
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Long Description:
Built at two different times, the western section of The Campbell Block was a wood frame building erected in 1896. In 1920 the original section was faced with brick and the building extended to the east, ultimately covering two and a half building lots. While the first section of the building was built by M.J. McLeod, by 1920 it was owned by A. M. (Sandy) Campbell. As a result, the Lacombe Municipal Heritage Survey refers to this as The Campbell Block, while the building's heritage plaque refers to it as The Leading Store.

Apparently never vacant, the building has always been either a department store or a hardware store. Today it is home to the Lacombe Home Hardware outlet. Many of the original features remain, such as light fixtures and the pressed tin ceiling in the old section.
Campbell Block
Description of Historic Place
The Campbell Block is a two-storey, red-brick building prominently situated on two and a half lots in Lacombe's historic downtown. The building features a wide front facade accommodating two storefronts, eight large wood-framed windows on the second floor, and a bracketed cornice surmounted by a simple brick parapet.

Heritage Value
The heritage value of the Campbell Block lies in its excellent representation of 1920s commercial architecture in Alberta.

The Campbell Block was erected in 1920 in the heart of downtown Lacombe and initially served the community as a department store. Hailed by the local newspaper as a "modern" business block which would greatly enhance the aesthetics of Lacombe's main street, the building featured robust red-brick construction, large second-storey "Chicago" windows, and decorative elements like a bracketed cornice and bold sign band. The Campbell Block's design echoed that of commercial buildings erected during the pre-First World War boom years in Lacombe and elsewhere, but was set apart by its scale, its modest detailing, and its distinctive upper windows. The solidity and elegant simplicity of the building also embodied the entrepreneurial optimism and civic prominence of its owner, A. M. (Sandy) Campbell, a leading merchant and political figure in early twentieth-century Lacombe. Prominently situated on two and a half lots in downtown Lacombe, the Campbell Building is one of the finest extant examples of 1920s commercial architecture and contributes to the physical and visual continuity of one Alberta's best-preserved historic streetscapes.

Character-Defining Elements
The character-defining elements of the Campbell Block include such features as:
- prominent location in Lacombe's historic downtown on the north-east corner of 50 Avenue and 50 Street;
- elements of the building that express its identity as an excellent representative of 1920s commercial architecture in Alberta, including its red-brick construction, piers, sign band, two storefronts with large display windows, bulkheads, large second-storey wood-framed windows, bracketed cornice, brick parapet, open interior with mezzanine, historic wooden railings, historic staircase, and tin ceiling.
From the Alberta Register of Historic Places
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The Leading Store 1940 >> 2018
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The Leading Store 2018 >> 1940
Official Heritage Registry: [Web Link]

4922 and 4918 - 50 Avenue
Lacombe, AB
T4L 1Y1

Heritage Registry Page Number: Not listed

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