Historical Edmonton Homes
On May 21, 1912, Delmar Bard obtained a building permit to construct this wonderful grand neo-Georgian-style home. The permit listed Mr. Bard as the contractor and Mr. L. Keith as an architect and the cost was estimated at $6,500. Once completed this two-and-a-half-story, 4,600 square foot residence has an attached conservatory and a carriage house with second-floor living quarters. The solid massing and symmetrically composed front façade with a central entry and full open veranda is a beautiful representation of the elaborate foursquare architectural style that was popular in the privileged classes between about 1910 and 1925.
The interior of this Architectural foursquare style home is lavishly furnished with period stained glass windows imported from France. Fine oak woodwork is found throughout the home and the ceilings are trimmed with detailed molding. Built-in bookcases, leatherette wallpaper, and some period light fixtures add to the charm of this residence. One main feature of the home is a built-in central vacuum system. Also, he installed an automobile turntable in front of the garage so he would not have to reverse his vehicle out of the driveway. This has since been removed.
Following Delmar’s death in 1938, the home was subdivided into suites. These divisions were later removed by Sue Bard, granddaughter of the original owner. Recently sold, the residence is undergoing further restorations and has been added to the Register of Historic Resources for the City of Edmonton.
Original features inside the home include oak woodwork, built-in furniture, stained glass windows imported from France, original plumbing fixtures, and the original, intact gas fireplace. The flat-roofed conservatory includes a feature fanlight and sidelights adjoining both front and side entrances. Enduring original features on the large, gable-roofed carriage house include a cupola, feed chutes for the horses in the stables, a cistern, and hinged wooden doors for loading hay in the loft.
The Bard Residence was last sold in 2004 prior to our real estate boom. At the time, this Edmonton house sold for $579,000. For more information or to learn the value of your Strathcona Edmonton home, contact us at 780-910-5179.