BARD RESIDENCE AND CARRIAGE HOUSE
10544 - 84 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, T6E, Canada
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Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Bard Residence is a large two and one-half storey brick-clad four-square house with attached conservatory and separate carriage house. It is located on two and one-half city lots, opposite the historic old Scona High School (1908), in the Strathcona residential neighbourhood of Edmonton.
History / Association: Built in 1912 for Delmar Bard, a civil servant turned businessman who prospered through property investment during Edmonton's pre-World War One real estate boom, the Bard Residence and Carriage house is significant as a symbol of economic and social success. Delmar Bard typified the rising businessmen of the day, who often arrived as immigrants of humble means, in his desire to express his newly elevated status through a prestigious residence. The Bard family lived a gracious life-style in this house, which included a conspicuous conservatory added soon after construction, and a separate carriage house that later housed an automobile.
Architecture: Built by the Keith Brothers, well-known local builders, the house is a significant example of an upscale four-square style design. The attached conservatory lends solidity to the house and features semicircular arched fanlight side entrance with sidelights. The gable-roofed carriage house is a rare example of a surviving building type found in urban centres in the early years of the twentieth century.
City of Edmonton (Bylaw: 11617)
Character-defining elements of the Bard Residence include:
- Elements of the four-square style such as the solid massing and formal symmetry of the front facade, pyramidal roof, bracketed bellcast eaves, hip dormers, full-length open veranda with tapered posts and decorative boxed cornice and decorative frieze, hip roof and balcony;
- Patterns of fenestration including a bay window on the west facade;
- Materials including brick cladding, brick chimney, cast stone sills and lintels and belt coursing, cedar roof shingles;
- Decorative details such as dentils and decorations on the frieze board and eave brackets;
- The flat roofed brick clad conservatory, with stone belt coursing, feature window, and similar window with semi-circular multi-panel fanlight transom and sidelights enclosing entrance on the south facade.
Character-defining elements of the Carriage House include:
- The form and massing, including its gable roof with front centre gable, cupola, brick cladding on ground floor with cedar shingles continued to roof line.
Local Governments (AB)
Historical Resources Act
Municipal Historic Resource
Theme - Category and Type
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Edmonton, Planning and Development Department, 10250 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4 (Digital File: 599658)
Cross-Reference to Collection
DELMAR BARD RESIDENCE AND CARRIAGE HOUSE
The Delmar Bard Residence and Carriage House is a two-and-a-half storey four-square house faced in stretcher bond red brick, with a square one-storey, flat-roofed addition and a…