George Durrand Residence
Historical Edmonton Homes
The George Durrand Residence is located at 10417 Saskatchewan Drive, Strathcona, Edmonton, Alberta. It is in a mixed real estate community with properties of the same era to brand new infill houses to low and high-rise buildings.
The Durrand Residence is a prominent Edwardian structure that is representative of a substantial type of domestic structure inhabited by the upper-middle class near the University. Built by the owner for his own requirements in 1913, it was constructed with a scale and presence necessary to fit into the genteel atmosphere created by the city’s emerging commercial, cultural and political group. This house is very solidly built, as would be expected from an endeavour undertaken by a family working in construction and carpentry.
This Strathcona house is a two and one-half storey brick dwelling built in an Edwardian style with architectural features include a bell-cast hip roof and brick walls faced with red stretcher bond brick and detailed with sandstone sills and rusticated stone quoins. The front entry porch, once an important visual element of the structure, has six columns resting on square brick piers. The bay windows with sandstone headers have not been altered in any significant way.
The Durrand Residence is valued for its association with the Durrand family, who were representative of the type of entrepreneurial and professional families that began to populate the city of Strathcona early in the twentieth century. The house was later home to Harold Gould Macdonald, a noted Edmontonian and founder of the H.G. Macdonald Company of contractors that have grown into the well-recognized firm of Christensen and Macdonald, still active to this day. He lived in the house until 1923. It is important to understand the growth, development, and socio-economic values associated with Strathcona prior to the First World War. A neighbourhood of affluent upper-middle-class citizens, the social aspirations of many of its prominent residents is reflected in strong, formal and stylish architecture.
At some point prior to its last MLS sale in 2000, the 2 1/2 storey heritage brick house was converted to offices with a full basement. It was sold as a commercial building in 2000 by one of our Remax Real Estate Agents for $310,000. Today, it is assessed at $693,000 as non-residential. For more information or to learn the value of your Strathcona Edmonton homes, contact us at 780-910-5179.