Showcasing architecture in the Peace Country from Grande Prairie’s local architect Roger Field; Blueprints: Building History considers what goes into creating a blueprint. The many stages that occur during designing architecture are explored in this exhibit.
When driving into Grande Prairie the first view of the city is of its architecture. Some of the buildings are prominent such as the Northwestern Polytechnic and the Centre 2000 and have become part of Grande Prairie’s identity. Architectural structures are complicated and need many moving parts to materialize. With blueprints, we have been able to build structures that support our community and its many needs and infrastructure. Buildings often provide a physical representation of our society’s ideals and its evolution as they change.
There are many different types of architectural drawings. This exhibit includes: concept drawings, perspective drawings, elevation drawings, floor-plan drawings, cross-section drawings, and architectural renderings. These blueprints reflect how Grande Prairie’s built landscape has evolved since becoming a village in 1914. Grande Prairie has seen businesses move and population grow but the foundations built now will last long into the future.