Grekul House - Ukrainian Cultural & Heritage Village, near Edmonton, Alberta, Canada by Adrian Paul

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Built: 1915 Restored to: 1918-19.

Featuring two main rooms that are separated by a central hallway, the Grekul house is typical of the first permanent homes constructed by Ukrainian immigrants from Bukovyna. To cope with the climate, sunlight and prevailing winds, these houses were built with their entrances and main windows facing south. While the Grekul house roof was shingled, some of their neighbour’s houses had roofs thatched in rye straw. The Grekul family lived in a community that was known at first as Toporivtsi (the name of a village in Bukovyna), but the name was changed to Smoky Lake once the railway established a town by that name nearby. (Source –
The Ukrainian Heritage Village Guided Tour)

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  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 5 years ago

    Awesome capture Adrian, well documented as well.

  • Thank you once again, Larry.

    – Adrian Paul

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderabout 5 years ago

    How gorgeous, really like the gentle slope in at the sides and the lady just finishes the overall effect

  • Thank you Mik – I’m flattered!

    – Adrian Paul

  • Maggie Hegarty
    Maggie Hegartyabout 3 years ago

    Yes, the lady of the house certainly adds interest, lovely shot!

  • Thanks Maggie. This is a wonderful place. Each part of the village is set in a different time period and there are a lot of volunteers there who play the roles of the people within that time period.

    – Adrian Paul

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeabout 3 years ago

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