Historical Edmonton Homes
The Gibbons Residence is located in Glenora Edmonton near Oliver Square at 10534 - 125 Street. It was the retirement home of one of Edmonton's more colorful individuals. James Gibbons was born on Christmas day 1837 in Holly Hill, Donegal Ireland, and immigrated to America in 1856. Over the next nine years, he participated in various gold rushes in California, British Columbia, Idaho, and Montana. His arrival in Edmonton in the mid-1860s followed reports of gold discoveries in the area.
In the mid-1860s through to his retirement from the position of Indian Agent at Stony Plain in 1908 Gibbons played a variety of roles in the economic and administrative life of Edmonton. He mined gold on the North Saskatchewan River, traded furs, and homesteaded land that now makes up Edmonton's Laurier Park. Following his retirement in 1908, he purchased the property for the construction of this house that was completed in 1911.
The Gibbons Residence is modeled after Georgian Revival residential designs that were popular across Canada and the United States from the 1880s through 1915. Characteristics of this classically derived style in the brick Gibbons house include its symmetry, its hipped roof, the broad overhand with brackets under the eaves, a central doorway, and a veranda supported by twin box columns.
This vintage Glenora house sold in 1990 for $210,000 then again in 2010 for $740,000. For more information or to learn the value of your Glenora Edmonton homes, contact us at 780-910-5179.