Place Name: Burgess Close

Feature Type (Year Approved): Road (1988)

Name Origins: Commemorative


English: status name from Middle English burge(i)s, burgis, borgeis ‘inhabitant of a borough’ (strictly one possessing full municipal rights), ‘freeman of a borough’.

From: Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland

Cultural Affiliation: English

Gender: Male

Naming Edmonton: From Ada to Zoie

Cecil Scott Burgess (1870-1971) was born in Bombay and emigrated to Canada in 1903. In 1913 he joined the University of Alberta as professor of architecture, retiring in 1940. As resident architectural consultant to the university from 1913 to 1940, Burgess supervised the construction of the university's Arts and Medical Sciences buildings and designed and supervised the construction of Pembina Hall. He also opened an office for private practice and embarked upon a career as an architect and town planner. From 1929 to 1949, Burgess was a member of the Edmonton Town Planning Commission. The University of Alberta granted him the degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa  in 1958.

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