McLuhan House in Edmonton Occupied by Arts Habitat


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11342 – 64 ST NW, Edmonton
The childhood home of Marshall McLuhan is located in the beautiful historic Highlands neighbourhood. Arts Habitat purchased the McLuhan House with the assistance of the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Arts Council, embracing the opportunity to honour McLuhan’s legacy in Edmonton by repurposing the property from a private residence into a contemplative centre for arts and ideas.

Space availability status: The rezoning process for the new vision for the McLuhan House is underway. Stay posted!


Marshall McLuhan, who became a leading 20th century thinker, lived as a child in Edmonton one hundred years ago. His early years significantly influenced his long-term philosophical theories, including “the medium is the message” and the global impact of mass media, which went on to shape the international community.

The Marshall McLuhan Residence is known in the neighbourhood and is included in The Highlands Historical Walking Tour booklet. The Residence was added to the Inventory of Historic Resources in Edmonton in 1993 to acknowledge McLuhan’s accomplishments and connection to the Highland’s neighbourhood and Edmonton.

Eligibility as a Historic Resource and Proposed Uses

Arts Habitat is seeking to designate the house as a Municipal Historic Resource. As such the property will be rezoned from single family residential to a DC1, to both protect its historic integrity and to allow for its repurposing as a quiet centre for “arts and ideas” and a destination for national and international writers and thinkers. Proposed new uses for the McLuhan House include:

  • an interpretative space to provide a narrative about Marshall McLuhan, his connection to Edmonton and his place in history and culture;
  • a small area for limited public events including readings and meetings;
  • offices for organizations and/or scholars, writers, artists;
  • in-residence room for visiting scholars,writers and artists;
  • workshop space in the outbuilding.

How you can belong to the McLuhan House:

Once the rezoning is complete, spaces will become available to artists, non-profit arts professionals and cultural industry professionals involved in the literary arts and creative thought.

Arts Habitat is especially grateful for the generous assistance of Michael McLuhan and the McLuhan Estate, Stuart MacKay and Marco Adria for their contributions toward the Marshall McLuhan display and geneology.

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