Series F 712-1 - Project Files series

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F 712-1

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  • 196-?-2006 (Creation)
    Norbraten, Gerald Iver, 1931-2017

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3.400 m of textual records

892 photographs : prints, col.

74 photographs : prints, b&w

1083 photographs : negatives, col.

176 photographs : negatives, b&w

533 photographs : slides, col.

10 computer disks (404 files : .doc; .dwg; .rtf; .xls) ( MB)13.590

4 computer optical discs (1942 files : .dwg; .doc; .jpg; .xls; .txt.; .pdf; .zip; .bmp; .wpd; .eps; .eml; .tif) ( MB)1079.620

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Biographical history

Gerald Iver Norbraten was born on November 10, 1931 at Swift Current, Saskatchewan to Palmer and Anna (Gottfried) Norbraten. He received his early education at Neudorf, and at Luther College in Regina. He then attended Normal School at Moose Jaw and from 1953 to 1955 was a manual training instructor for public schools in Regina. From 1953 to 1958, Norbraten studied at the University of Manitoba, earning a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

Upon graduation, Norbraten joined the architectural firm of Stock, Ramsay & Associates as an architectural assistant. He had previously been employed with the firm as a summer student while attending university. At the dissolution of the firm in 1960, he became an associate with Dan H. Stock & Associates (1960-1961) and Stock, Keith & Associates (1961-1966). He later became a partner with The D.H. Stock Partnership (1966-1971) and D.H. Stock & Partners Limited (1971-1975).

On April 1, 1975, Norbraten established his own architectural firm in Regina. It was incorporated initially as G.I. Norbraten Architect Ltd., and subsequently as G.I. Norbraten Architect (1983) Ltd. and G.I. Norbraten Architect (1987) Ltd. Norbraten's firm provided architectural services to commercial, institutional and residential clients for construction, renovation, and heritage property restoration projects throughout southern Saskatchewan. To deliver its services, Norbraten's firm employed a staff of architects, designers, technicians and administrative assistants. G.I. Norbraten Architect (1987) Ltd. was dissolved on November 16, 2006 when Norbraten retired from practice.

Awards and honours received by Norbraten include: three City of Regina Municipal Heritage Awards for restoration of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Scarth Street and Eleventh Avenue (1984), Darke Hall, University of Regina (1987), and Old No. 1 Fire Hall, Regina (1991); a Saskatchewan Association of Architects Award of Excellence, and a City of Regina Municipal Heritage Award for adaptive re-use of Old No. 1 Fire Hall, Regina (1991); and a Saskatchewan Masonry Design Award of Merit - Multi-Dwelling, for Broadway Terrace, Regina (2004). Norbraten was appointed to the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada's College of Fellows in 1999.

Norbraten is a past board member of the following: Saskatchewan Association of Architects; Regina's Market Square; the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation; the Lutheran Life Insurance Society of Canada; and the Regina Lutheran Care Society.

Norbraten died in Regina on July 8, 2017.

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Scope and content

This series consists of records created, accumulated and used by G.I. Norbraten in his architectural practice in Regina, Saskatchewan between 1975 and 2006. Records include project files and photographs related to various architectural projects throughout southern Saskatchewan. A small volume of photographs relate to projects that Norbraten likely worked on while employed with firms preceding the establishment of G.I. Norbraten Architect Ltd. in 1975.

No sub-series have been applied to this series.

The types of records included are: correspondence; geotechnical reports; memoranda; requests for pricing; transmittal slips; notes; project meeting minutes; inspection reports; work records; specifications; progress certificates; emergency instructions; work orders; change directives; feasibility studies; proposals; agreements; tenders; contracts; product guides; research documents; firm profiles; reproduced and digital architectural drawings; digital photographs; and photographic prints, negatives and slides.

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Records are in good physical condition.

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Records are open for research use.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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Location for retrieval: Regina - Maxwell


Archival staff replaced the original file folders with acid-free folders and removed fasteners. Photographic prints, negatives and slides were placed in sleeves.

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