November 4, 2015 3:24 pm
Updated: November 4, 2015 4:06 pm

Unique Edmonton home receives historic designation

The Rose Residence, located at 11212 64th Street in Edmonton, has been designated a municipal historic resource after recent approval from Edmonton's City Council.

Courtesy: The City of Edmonton

EDMONTON – A 91-year-old home in Edmonton’s Highlands neighbourhood has been designated a municipal historic resource, after recent approval from Edmonton’s City Council.

The Rose Residence, located at 11212 64 St., is a one-and-a-half storey bungalow built in 1924. The city said the home’s heritage value is in its Craftsman style architecture.

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The city said the clinker brick chimney makes it somewhat unique, as only eight existing buildings in the neighbourhood feature the unique, misshapen building material.

In 1924 a young schoolteacher purchased two lots and had two homes built on it. She then sold one of them to William and Lillian Rose, who the home is named after.

An excerpt from the Highlands Historical Foundation newsletter details the home’s history:

“William was an accountant at Hayward Lumber (now Northlands) and the Beverly Coal Mine. Both of the Roses passed away in the late 1940s and the home was then owned and occupied by Lillian’s ‘spinster’ sisters Ethel and Ivy Sinclair until the early 1970s when the home fell into disrepair as a rental property.

The current owners purchased the home in 2005 and continue the restoration and sympathetic renovations of the previous owners, who ‘saved’ the home in 1997.

This modest one and a half story Craftsman Bungalow is clad in the original double shingle siding, wood windows, with a cantilever dining room, interior fir moldings and doors, brass sconces, and maple floors. Of particular note is the original clinker brick chimney and fireplace; there are reputed to be less than 100 buildings remaining in Edmonton with this unique material. The current owners have embraced the Arts and Crafts aesthetic, as can be seen throughout the interior with period furniture and accents.”

The architect and builder, William F. Brown, was a prominent developer in the area who was also involved in development of the Highlands Golf Club.

“The Rose Residence is another wonderful example of a heritage building in our city,” said Robert Geldart, senior heritage planner. “By designating homes and buildings such as these, we are sustaining and connecting with our past. We will continue to advocate for the value of our city’s unique historic sites.”

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