Alice Jamieson and Jamieson Place
I am unlikely to have anything named after me. And I’m okay with that.
My great, great grandmother, Alice Jamieson, however, is a different story. And what a story she is.
Alice Jamieson, my mother’s mother’s mother’s mother, was an Alberta feminist who was appointed a magistrate in the juvenile court in 1914, becoming the first female appointed to any court in the British Empire. In 1916, she was appointed a magistrate in the women’s court, shortly after Emily Murphy.
Along with my mother, I am in Calgary, in part, to meet with the good people of Bentall Capital LP. They are building the extraordinarily beautiful Jamieson Place, named in Alice’s honour, slated for completion in December of this year with a grand opening next summer.
Jamieson Place is in itself a piece of art. A premiere AAA office development featuring glazed glass, granite, and stainless steel, its inspiration is taken from Frank Lloyd Wright, especially notable in the lit spears that will run the length of the building, reaching up towards the sky.
Jamieson Place will feature stunning works of art, including a large glass installation by Dale Chilhuly. It will be stunning.
We are grateful that Alice Jamieson has been so remembered and we cannot wait for the building’s official opening next summer. It will be a family reunion of sorts, a chance to connect with cousins we haven’t seen in a while. How extraordinary it will be for our family to be gathering to honour the Great Alice, as she has always been known in our family. She has long inspired us all, especially the women.
I will be posting updates about the project and even some video. Stay tuned!