‘Dr. Spock of Pop Culture”s Childhood Home Preserved

17May12

Three cheers for Edmonton city council.  According to the Edmonton Journal, media philosopher Marshall McLuhan’s childhood home will be preserved after city councillors voted to give the Edmonton Arts Council $75,000 to help buy the site.

The arts organization plans to use most of the main floor of the home, at 11342 64th St., for a library, and public displays about McLuhan, whose family moved in when he was one year old,  in 1912. The second floor, basement and garage will be turned into offices, suites for visiting artists and space for a writer in residence.

Although McLuhan once dubbed the ‘Dr. Spock of Pop Culture’ worked most of his life at the University of Toronto, he often returned to Edmonton, where he was born. He died in 1980. An international conference  was held in Edmonton last year to mark the centennial of his birth.   http://tinyurl.com/bv9lmdb

The main floor of Marshall McLuhan's childhood home on 64th Street will house a library and public displays.

11342 64th Street, Edmonton, Alberta

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