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No.: PR2982
TITLE: William (Bill) G. Milne fonds
CREATOR: WIlliam G Milne
DATE RANGE: 1955-2003
EXTENT: 4.42 linear meters of textual records, 3 000 architectural drawings, 1000 photographs, 500 negatives
HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH: W. G. Milne was a visionary who developed architecture in the city of Calgary through civic and social projects, and who gave shape to the Kananaskis Country by separating it into a recreation and park area. He proposed small resort villages located in the numerous valleys running of Kananaskis, having little impact on the environment. Milne was one of the leading Canadian architects from 1960 to 2008. W.G. Milne was born in Winnipeg and he moved to Calgary in 1950 at age 23 where he lived until his death in 2008. This Calgary architect managed his own company named W.G. Milne Architect. He was a member of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, Past President of the Calgary Chapter of the Alberta Association of Architects and Past Vice President of the Alberta Association of Architects. He was very active in the Calgary community for more than 30 years. From 1969 to his death in 2008 he served on numerous committees for the City of Calgary, including Advisory and Planning Committees, and for the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. He was a member of the Calgary Planning Commission from 1994 to 2004. In 1983 he became Chairman for the Calgary Beautification Foundation. He received in 1992 the City of Calgary Mayor's Environment Award and in 1993, the Special Citizens' Award from the Calgary City and Parks Foundation. He designed and built over fifteen hotels, several state-of-the-art buildings, such as the Calgary Tower, and commercial developments, including the John J. Bowlen building and Monenco Place. He developed the intricate bicycle and running path system through the city of Calgary. W. G. Milne passed away suddenly on February 7, 2008.
CUSTODIAL HISTORY:The architectural drawings were in Calgary at the following address which was the architectural firm address: Suite 1510, Home Oil Tower, 324 Eighth Avenue S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2P 2Z2. Mr. Milne who retired in 2007 and Mr. Bob Bell who worked with Mr. Milne made arrangements for the Provincial Archives of Alberta to receive the archival records. Mr. Milne looked for an Alberta repository willing to accept the architectural drawings and just before his death, he decided to donate the records to the Provincial Archives of Alberta.
SCOPE AND CONTENT: The fonds consists of W. G. Milne Architect operational records, prints and drawings of Western Canadian buildings, including Calgary buildings as well as structures built in the Kananaskis Country which was basically a concept developed by W. G. Milne. The fonds has been arranged into the following 16 series: - Centennial Tower, later Husky and now Calgary Tower - Bowlen Building, Calgary - Monenco Place, Calgary - Bridges, including the Crowchild Trail Pedestrian Bridge, the Nose Creek Bridge and the Sappers Bridge - Mini Max Development, Calgary - University of Calgary Library Extension - Other Calgary buildings - Fish Creek Provincial Park - Kananaskis development, including the Evan Thomas Alpine Village and the Kananaskis Alpine Villages - Gondola Lift, Jasper - Saxony Motor Hotel, Edmonton - Caravan Motor Hotels, Western Canada - Other Canadian buildings - Sunset Esplanade, San Francisco - The Universal Lifesaver concept - Beautification and traffic reducing projects This arrangement is based on the record keeping practice of the company. The material for each building includes operational records and drawings created from the preliminary to the final stages of construction. Operational records consist of agreements, minutes of meetings, correspondence, proposals, project descriptions, engineering reports, guidelines and specifications, overview reports, progress reports, financial files, beautification reports, traffic and parking reports, news releases and promotional material. Architectural drawings comprise site plans, sketches, perspectives, floor plans, elevations, sections, electrical, plumbing, heating, lighting, mechanical and air conditioning drawings, window, door and stair details. Preliminary, final and revised drawings found in the series document the development of the building.
LANGUAGE NOTE: The material is in English.
RELATED SERIES: PR2982.0001 (W.G. Milne Architect, Calgary Tower)
PR2982.0002 (W.G. Milne, Bowlen Building)
PR2982.0003 (W.G. Milne, Monenco Place series)
PR2982.0004 (W.G.Milne Architect, bridges series)
PR2982.0005 (W.G. Milne Architect, Mini Max Development series)
PR2982.0006 (W.G. Milne, University of Calgary Library Extension series)
PR2982.0007 (W.G. Milne Architect, other Calgary buildings series)
PR2982.0008 (W.G. Milne Architect, Fish Creek Provincial Park series)
PR2982.0009 (W.G. Milne Architect, Kananaskis Country series)
PR2982.0010 (W.G. Milne Architect, gondola lift, Jasper series)
PR2982.0011 (W.G. Milne Architect, Saxony Motor Hotel, Edmonton series)
PR2982.0012 (W.G. Milne Architect, Caravan Motor Hotels, Western Canada series)
PR2982.0013 (W.G. Milne Architect, other Canadian buildings series)
PR2982.0014 (W.G. Milne Architect, Sunset Esplanade series, San Francisco)
PR2982.0015 (W.G. Milne Architect, Universal Lifesaver series)
PR2982.0016 (W.G. Milne Architect, beautification and traffic reducing projects series)
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