James Rutherford House
Historical Edmonton Homes
The James Rutherford House is located at 11701 96 Street NW in the Alberta Avenue community near the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. The one-story clinker brick James Rutherford House was built in 1927 as a single-story wood frame residence. It is located on a residential street corner and occupies a single city lot. The municipal designation applies to the exterior of the building only, the interior is considered a non-contributing element.
The clinker brick construction of this 1927 residence contributes to its value as a historic resource. Clinker bricks had previously been discarded as waste material unsuitable for construction because they were over-fired, burnt, and misshapen. Builders in Edmonton began to use clinker bricks as early as 1913. The uneven color and texture of the clinker brick cladding on this particular home produces an earthy texture and relatively unique appearance, as most homes in the Alberta Avenue community dating to this period employ wooden cladding. The continued presence of clinker brick structures like the James Rutherford House is important in preserving one of Edmonton’s few regional construction materials.
The historic importance of the James Rutherford House is also due to its association with modest inter-war infill residential development in Norwood. Between the First and Second, World Wars development in Edmonton slowed considerably. The sparsely developed community of Norwood underwent a surprising amount of residential infill development in the inter-war years, particularly during the late 1920s and early 1930s. These north-central Edmonton homes were popular at the time because the modest detailing, in this case, the brickwork and the wooden shingles in the gable end, gave the home a modicum of style which afforded the owner a sense of pride and respectability, while the small size made them affordable and easy to heat in the winter.
This historical Edmonton house passed hands a few times over the years. First sold by our Edmonton Remax agent in 1997 for $72,000, then again for only $48,500 in 1988. By 2002, this historical Edmonton house was sold for $109,000 and resold quickly in 2003 for $122,000. During Edmonton's last real estate boom in 2007, it sold for $189,900. Then this cute house had a little TLC, and in 2011, sold for $316,300. For more information or to learn the value of your Alberta Avenue Edmonton homes, contact us at 780-910-5179.