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Village At Griesbach sits on land that was formerly home to CFB Greisbach, one of Canada’s most active military training bases through the 1950’s and 1960’s. As such, the site is rich in Canadian history and tradition, themes adopted in the initial community planning, design and architecture. When completed, the Village will exemplify the inherited character of the finest prairie cities, towns and neighbourhoods. It will be characterized by timeless architecture, walkable tree-lined streets, local parks, playgrounds and green spaces, interconnected blocks, and a mix of classic housing styles.

The vision for Village At Griesbach is to create a vibrant community that generates enduring value for its homeowners. One aspect of this vision is to create a sense of harmony among neighbourhood homes and other buildings that ensures a high standard of visual appeal consistent with appropriate regional precedents and a focus on architecture that emulates the classic look of small Canadian cities and towns.

The overall architectural objective is to ensure homes and buildings create attractive and visually compelling streetscapes that integrate the community and are consistent with its natural environment.

The architectural theme profiled in the Village is a blended adaptation of several Canadian styles native to the prairies. The dominant architectural styles in the community include Tudor, Victorian, Colonial, Craftsman and Prairie. In most cases, Village At Griesbach will be the only new community in greater Edmonton where these architectural styles are endorsed.


This style is based on the early twentieth-century interpretations of English architecture by American architects and builders. Its design source comes from medieval English cottages, manor houses and rural village vernacular.

The styles consists of simple volumes with side-gable faces dominated by one or more prominent cross-gables. Gables have steeply pitched roofs. Half-timbering, shingles and horizontal siding are often used as in-fill in gables. Windows are often tall, vertically proportioned and usually arranged in multiple groups.

Essential Elements Of Tudor Architecture:

  • Façade dominated by one or more prominent cross-gables
  • Steep roof pitch with dormers
  • Shallow overhangs
  • Balanced window and door locations
  • Vertical windows in groupings
  • Porches often notched out under an extended roof
  • Simple detailing
  • Massive, elaborate chimneys commonly topped with decorative chimney pots

For complete information on this architectural style in Village At Griesbach, please download a copy of our Architectural Guidelines.

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These homes are very diverse in character. Queen Anne is the most fanciful of the Victorian types of architecture. It is the preferred style for the Village. Characteristics of this style include ornamentation with towers, turrets, wrap around porches and embellished with delicate decoration often referred to as “gingerbread” detailing.

Village At Griesbach Victorian home treatments are based on the simple elegant forms adapted to houses in small towns and rural farmhouses (ie Folk-based Victorian).

Essential Elements Of Victorian Architecture:

  • Simple forms and massing
  • Asymmetrical facades with front facing gables
  • Extensive partial and full-width porches that extend along one or both sidewalls. (L-shaped)
  • Steep pitched gable roof between 8:12 to 12:12
  • Avoided plain, smooth-walled appearance (patterned shingles, bay windows, towers, overhangs, and wall)
  • Variety of wall materials with different textures, divided vertical wall into sections
  • Ornamental trim (spindlework, lace-like brackets, dentils, friezes, and porch railings)
  • Patterned masonry chimneys

For complete information on this architectural style in Village At Griesbach, please download a copy of our Architectural Guidelines.


The Craftsman style was born from the British Arts and Crafts movement which began as a philosophy and artistic style of William Morris in the 1860’s. As a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and the over-decorated aesthetic of the Victorian era, this movement sought to ennoble the craftsman ethic again and emphasized the “handmade” over the mass produced.

The American Craftsman style, typical of Village At Griesbach, encourages originality, a visible sturdy structure, clean lines, simplicity of form, the use of local natural materials, and the visibility of handicraft.

In the Village these homes are characterized by broad open front porches, (often incised or beneath the extension of the main roof.) In this style, porches and porch location vary widely and are used to create spatial effects. Porches may have gable ends, shed roofs or a combination of the two forms.

Essential Elements Of Craftsman Architecture:

  • Asymmetrical compositions.
  • Low-pitched gable roofs (6:12 to 8:12) with wide unenclosed eave overhangs and exposed roof rafters.
  • Bracketed porches supported by oversized tapered or square columns that often continue to ground level (without a break at the porch floor.)
  • Expressive trim (decorative or false beams and brackets added under gables.)
  • Vertical windows in groupings with oversized first floor windows.
  • Hand crafted stone work.
  • Generally based on earth tones. Rich umbers, greens and ochres can be found on traditional examples.

For complete information on this architectural style in Village At Griesbach, please download a copy of our Architectural Guidelines.

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Prairie style is one of the few indigenous American styles of architecture, created by a group of Chicago architects who would later come to be known as the “Prairie School). Fundamental to its character was that it did not share design elements or aesthetic vocabulary with earlier European styles. The most famous proponent of the new school was Frank Lloyd Wright who promoted it as a type of “organic architecture”. The primary tenet was that a structure should look like it naturally grew from the site. The Prairie style focused on Midwestern realism, with its horizontal, open floorplans which echoed the expansive prairie horizons.

The Prairie school shared an appreciation for the handcrafting and craftsman guilds as a reaction against the new assembly line and mass production techniques of the Victorian era. The Prairie style also made subtle use of Japanese architecture, specifically the use of horizontal space, hipped roofs with broad eves and long bands of windows.

In the Village, Prairie homes are characterized by strong horizontal lines, incorporating low-pitched hip or gable roofs with broad over-hanging eaves. Windows are generally grouped in horizontal bands and often include clerestory windows. Wall surfaces are typically divided by a belt-course between storeys (underside of windows) which help accentuate the horizontal design.

Essential Elements Of Prairie Architecture:

  • Dominant two storey central form with one storey porch and wing
  • Low pitched, hip roof
  • Deep overhangs
  • Strong horizontal base and details emphasizing horizontal lines
  • Oversized, monumental square or rectangular piers of brick, stone, or stucco used to support porch roofs or deeply overhanging roofs
  • Vertical windows in groupings
  • Wide chimneys


American Colonial architecture includes several building styles associated with the colonial period of the United States including First Period English (late-medieval), French Colonial, Spanish Colonial, Dutch Colonial, German Colonial and Georgian Colonial. These styles are associated with the houses, churches, and government buildings of the period between about 1600 through the 1800’s.

Inspired by the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, Americans began to value their own heritage and architecture and took a particular interest in their American colonial past. Between 1900 and the 1940’s, Colonial architecture became the dominant style for domestic buildings nationwide and in particular Georgian was considered the backbone of the revival.

The defining characteristics of Georgian architecture are its square, Renaissance-inspired classical symmetry, central door, and straight lines of windows on the first and second floors. There is usually a decorative crown pediment above the door (gabled, arched or with balustrade) and flattened columns to either side of it. Colonial homes are typically two or three stories and clad in brick or wood siding with trim colours usually in white.

Essential Elements of Colonial Architecture

  • Predominantly symmetrically balanced windows and central door
  • Simple gable roofs (medium pitch) with minimal overhangs (12”)
  • Symmetrically arranged dormers located above the windows in patterns of the first and second floor.
  • Accentuated front entry with decorative crown supported by pilasters or columns.
  • Windows in adjacent pairs.
  • Multi-pane glazing.

For complete information on this architectural style in Village At Griesbach, please download a copy of our Architectural Guidelines.

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