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Galt Museum Preservation (D-16)

​​​Current Status ​Completed
​Location​502 - 1st Street South

About the Project

This project consists of rehabilitation work required at the Galt Museum & Archives 1910 Hospital Building to preserve the historic structure.  The rehabilitation plan proposes the following:

  • Replacement of leaking windows with more energy efficient and weather sealed units
  • Patch, repair, and repoint the bricks and stone
  • Reinforce and refurbish the decorative metal cornice
  • Upgrade the drainage around the building
  • Repair the foundation
  • Repair roofing and modify roof drainage

The restoration would follow the “Standards and Guidelines for the Preservation of Historic Places in Canada.”  Approximately 1 year of construction work is anticipated to complete the rehabilitation.

The City of Lethbridge owns and operates (through a Board of Directors) the Galt Museum & Archives. The civic museum is partly housed in the historic 1910 Galt Hospital.  This provincially-designated historic site is in need of restoration to ensure its continuance as an asset to the City and community.

RKH Architecture Ltd. was commissioned in 2011 to prepare a rehabilitation study that included the strategy and budget for preservation of this building.  The preservation study found the building fabric and envelope to be in fair to poor condition with damage to the brick, sandstone, limestone, and pressed metal cornice.  The 28 year old windows offer poor insulation and leak water, which may contribute to further building deterioration.  Repair of the foundation is required. 

According to the study, the preservation of the 1910 building should begin in the near future in order to prevent further deterioration that may cause permanent structural damage.

Project Updates

June 2016 - Started rehabilitation of the building exterior, which should be completed by October 1, including the restoration of the 1891 wall.

December 2015 - The RFQ on construction has closed and proposals are being evaluated. This work is expected to be awarded in early 2016.

June 2015 - Phase 1 (drainage) is completed.


​City of Lethbridge ​$30,000
​MSI Grant ​$920,000
​Total Cost


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Contact Information

Bryan Litchfield
Project Manager, City of Lethbridge