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Diving into Alberta's History at Instameet 19

On March 2nd, the URBANYEG community had the privilege to get an exclusive tour of the Alberta Legislature Building.

After our last InstaMeet at Crash Hotel, Elen, a representative of the Legislative Assembly, contacted URBANYEG regarding the possibility of holding an InstaMeet at the Legislature building. After discussing logistics, we agreed this would be an amazing opportunity to connect our younger URBANYEG audience to a very important part of Alberta.

Inside the Alberta Legislature Building.

At IM 19, we had the building to ourselves and explored five floors of the Legislature, snapping photographs of the elegant building and taking portraits with the stunning architecture as a backdrop. We ventured through the hallways, bolted up staircases, stopped by the lunch-room and visited the library.

During the tour, we learned some tidbits of Legislature history:

The Legislature’s construction was ongoing from 1907-1913, with its official opening in 1912.The building’s purpose is in its name – to legislate. The Legislative Assembly Office supports the Legislative Assembly, MLAs and their staff by providing administrative and procedural services.In 1987, he upholstery in the Chamber changed from red to green.Most of the building’s light fixtures are the originals, dating back to 1912.And my personal favourite – a small meeting room on one of the upper floors is the former Royal Alberta Museum, displaying pieces of natural history in the intimate space.

The room that was formerly the Royal Alberta Museum.

As part of IM19, two photographers with the best photos from the tour had the chance to win exclusive entrance to the Palm Room – the top floor of the Legislature building containing 80+ year old palm trees, a room that very few people have access to. URBANYEG and Legislative Assembly representatives selected Alexandra (@marcufotography) and Landon (@landon_n26) as the lucky winners. We had a blast taking photos inside the Palm Room!

The Palm Room.

A huge thank you to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for reaching out and making this InstaMeet possible!

The Legislature holds free, walk-in tours daily starting every hour from 10am to 4pm. For groups of more than 10 people, tours can be booked through Visitor Services (780-427-7362).

You can find all the photographs from IM19 on Instagram under the hashtag #URBANYEGIM19. Follow us on Instagram @urbanyeg to stay tuned for details on future events!

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