Discover McLuhan House located in the Highlands neighbourhood of Edmonton, Alberta. Visit this designated Municipal Historic Resource, the 1912 McLuhan Residence and enjoy our micromuseum celebrating Dr. Herbert Marshall McLuhan.
(July 21, 1911 — December 31, 1980)
Marshall McLuhan was a professor and media critic who became a popular and often controversial 20th century thinker. He was born in Edmonton over one hundred years ago and lived at McLuhan House until the age of four when the family moved to Winnipeg. Through his writing, lectures and seminars at the McLuhan Centre for Culture and Technology at University of Toronto, he goes on to have a significant impact on international discourse about media, culture, communication, and technology, having coined the phrases “The medium is the message,” and “global village,” as well as writing and co-authoring over 25 books about the media.
The childhood home of Marshall McLuhan is located in the historic Highlands neighbourhood. Arts Habitat Edmonton purchased 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 re-purposing the property from a private residence into a Centre for Art and Ideas.
McLuhan House was envisioned to be:
• an interpretative space to provide a narrative about Marshall McLuhan, his connection to Edmonton and his place in history and culture
• office space for not-for-profit organizations, scholars, writers, and artists
• a garage studio for the McLuhan House Artist Studio Residency Program
McLuhan Family Portrait Collection
20 family photographs were restored and enlarged by Michael McLuhan and donated on behalf of the McLuhan Estate. They are complemented by didactic panels composed by McLuhan Genealogist and historian Stuart MacKay, a cousin of Marshall.
The McLuhan TV Wall
This intermedia art installation was created by University of Alberta students and professors made from 5 tube TVs and displaying documentary images and sounds of Marshall McLuhan’s many celebrity appearances on US and Canadian television from the early 1950s to the late 1970s.
Arts Habitat is pleased to host an Artist Studio Residency Program at McLuhan House. As the 2016 Artists-in-Residence, Tennis Club collective will receive one-year free access to the garage studio, embedded in Edmonton’s vibrant community of cultural workers and heritage-lovers.
For further information contact:
Chelsea Boos, Community Programmer
• A web-based map and timeline of Marshall McLuhan–related events was created in Winter 2015 by the students in the course “Philosophy 366: Computers and Culture,” taught by Dr. John Simpson at the University of Alberta.