Dr Robert Wells Residence
Historical Edmonton Homes
The historical Dr Robert Wells Residence is located at 10328 Connaught Drive in Glenora Edmonton. The Wells Residence is an irregular plan, one-and-a-half-storey house with a detached coach house, in Glenora west of downtown.
The Wells Residence was built in 1911, is significant as representative of houses that were built in upper-class communities in Edmonton. Located in this exclusive neighbourhood has attracted businessmen and professionals who could afford grand homes such as this residence. This house, with its detached coach house and formal setting, is a good example of the scale and grandeur of contemporary houses built in the area.
The heritage value and architecture is significant for their Arts and Crafts design. Influenced by the popularity of the style in Britain, the Arts and Crafts movement was quickly adopted in Western Canada and became a prominent style in affluent residential neighbourhoods of most major cities. Typified by hand-crafted materials and irregular massing, the Wells residence is an excellent example of the style.
The Wells Residence is also significant because of its association with its former owner, Dr Robert B. Wells, a professor of Ophthalmology and respected eye surgeon, he was also known as a community leader and served in senior posts with several community organizations, including as president of the Museum of the Arts, Canadian Club of Edmonton, and as a member of the University of Alberta Senate. The former Wells Pavilion at the University of Alberta Hospital was named in his honour.
Character defining elements of this Glenoa homes are the building’s Arts and Crafts style, clinker brick detailing on the main floor, horizontal wood-lapped siding and gable roof and dormers with cedar roof shingles, exposed rafters and brackets under eaves, multi-pane wood sash casement windows, including multiple dormer, gable and living room windows with vertical mullions and the separate coach house with matching brick and cross gable roof and window panes.
Surprisingly, for one of our historic homes, Dr Robert Wells Residence has some sales history. Back in 1985, when interest rates were at a high point, it sold for $269,000. In 2015, this Glenora house sold for $1,150,000 by one of our Edmonton Remax Realtors. For more information or to learn the value of your Glenora Edmonton homes, contact us at 780-910-5179.