The Gainsborough

Building Information:

10011 123 Street NW, Edmonton, Alberta
Built in 1981, 23 stories, 70m/230' tall, 6000sqft floorplate

Model Commentary:

The Gainsborough was the second model that I made, and it is one of a half-dozen that are from the weekend when I first started to play with Sketchup. Those early models were all of buildings in the Oliver area; which is where I live. Initially I had intended to focus on Oliver, but that quickly changed and I moved on to modeling the larger downtown area.

Starting in Oliver was a good though, because the early models were a learning experience. This shows in these models - particularly in their textures - and one day I hope to go back to update them.

A disclaimer

The information presented on this site will come from a variety of sources, including,,, wikidepia, commercial realtors, and elsewhere. Where possible the original source will be credited. The information should not be considered accurate.

2007.07.25 Cityscapes

Before I start posting the individual buildings, here are some skylines showing the current progress.

From the river valley:

West from Jasper Avenue:

South from 101st Street:

East along Jasper Avenue:

From the Legislature grounds:

From MacEwan City Centre Campus:


The core:

The Mission Statement

Edmonton - one building at a time.
Or maybe sometimes two.

Since early 2007 I have been making sketchup models of prominent buildings in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada for inclusion in Google's 3D Warehouse and in Google Earth. With 77 models now completed it is time to come up with a more permanent way to archive and document them.

The models will still be easily accessible through Google here and here, but this page will allow me more freedom and options.

I hope to post all of the models that I have completed so far, as well as any new ones that I work on. Where possible I will try to provide some background information on the buildings, and I may post the photos that I worked from to create the models.

Edited to add:

Posting individual pages for all of my models didn't end up being very interesting. So after sitting idle for quite awhile, edmonton in three dimensions is being repurposed into more of a photoblog and for whatever Edmonton-related thoughts I may have.