Movie Monday: Historical Buildings in Grande Prairie

Image: A film still showing the Pipestone Creek Store (SPRA 0001.10.01.04, Fonds 001: Pioneer Museum Society of Grande Prairie & District fonds)

Movie Monday highlights videos from the Archives’ film collection. Every week, an archival film will be featured on our YouTube channel and here on our blog. The Movie Monday project is made possible with the generous funding support of Swan City Rotary Club of Grande Prairie.

This Movie Monday features a look at various historical buildings around Grande Prairie. Some of them are still standing in their original locations more that one hundred years after their construction. The video is narrated by Alice Fortier and was filmed in January of 1992.

The tour begins at the William Innes homestead on what is now 102nd Street. The log barn on this property was built in 1910, and the log house in 1912. These structures remain on their original site and are two of the oldest buildings in the city.  A portion of the land was sold to the city in the 1980’s in order to expand Muskoseepi Park.

Another building of great significance is the Forbes’ home. Reverend Alexander Forbes and his wife Agnes built Grande Prairie’s first hospital in 1911. It was a log structure and still stands today. In 1912, they built a two-story home, called Montrose House, adjacent to the hospital. The Reverend Forbes Homestead and Pioneer Hospital has been beautifully restored and welcomes visitors to tour the home and hospital.

The video continues with a look at the Heritage Village at the Grande Prairie Museum, and concludes with scenes of Muskoseepi Park.

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