Unlocking History: Your Chance to Preserve Culture in Naturistic Space

Photo credit: Jim Dobie

Dyde House is not only an important example of the tremendous work of Arthur Erickson but also the heart of the Dyde Family's significant philanthropic gift to the University of Alberta which has allowed us to grow and share our beautiful garden with you today.

We’ve seen the transformative power of nature, science, and philanthropy; now we’re embarking on a mission to preserve and restore a piece of our own history, one that laid the very foundation of the Garden's existence. Preserving this historical landmark will ensure that future generations to come will be able to immerse in our heritage and bask in its splendour. Together we can make this vision a reality.

Learn more about the rich history of Dyde House and the celebrated architect Arthur Erickson.


While designed to withstand harsh Alberta winters, six decades of exposure have taken a toll on this architectural masterpiece. The University is now undertaking the formidable task of restoring this iconic piece of Canadian architecture. To embark on this compelling endeavour, your support is needed.


By restoring Dyde House, we not only preserve a historic architectural gem, but also pay homage to the individuals whose generosity made this Garden possible. Bringing Dyde House back to life is more than a restoration project: it’s a tribute to our roots, a celebration of our shared history, and a gift to all who visit.

Every contribution from supporters like you will play a pivotal role in revitalizing Dyde House and preserving its legacy for generations to come, just as Sandy and Bobby Dyde envisioned.

Your support will enable us to:

  • Preserve our rich heritage: Restore Dyde House to its original splendour while safeguarding its design and historical narratives.
  • Inspire Future Generations: Ensure Dyde House remains a lasting testament to the Dyde’s family commitment to history, well-being, and the arts and culture scene while harmonizing with nature in a setting that cannot be replicated elsewhere.

"Usually we lose things in architectural history. We seldom find them."

— Trevor Boddy, Architecture Critic

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Be a part of the Dyde House Conservation Initiative, and help us protect this invaluable historical treasure for many decades to come. Together, we can ensure it remains a vibrant and cherished part of our community's future.

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