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C.O. CARD HOUSE

337 Main Street, Cardston, Alberta, T0K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1978/01/18

C.O. Card House Provincial Historic Resource (1889); Glenbow Archives, NB-3-1
East elevation
C.O. Card House Provincial Historic Resource, Cardston (June 2005); Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, 2005
Corner notched log detail
C.O. Card House Provincial Historic Resource, Cardston (June 2005); Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, 2005
East elevation

Other Name(s)

C.O. CARD HOUSE
C.O. Card and Card Home
C. O. Card Pioneer Home
C. O. Card Home
CO Card Home
Charles Ora Card Home
Card Home
Mother Canton's Flannel Place

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1887/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2006/08/10

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The C.O. Card House is a one and one-half storey log building located on part of a city lot in central Cardston.

Heritage Value

The heritage value of the C.O. Card House lies in its association with Charles Ora Card, founder of the present town of Cardston and responsible for the first Mormon "stake" in Canada. The house thus represented the focal point for Mormon expansion in Canada and the social centre of the Cardston settlement on the easterly edge of Lee's Creek and St. Mary's River.

Between 1887 and 1905, Card was instrumental in establishing an extensive irrigation system, gristmill, sawmill, cheese factory as well as the Cardston Mercantile Company for the new community. Mormon communities (such as Stirling, Raymond, Magrath and Taber) contributed in major proportions to the development of agriculture, irrigation and to southern Alberta industry, commerce and transportation.

Constructed in 1887, the same year the Mormons trekked from Utah to southern Alberta, the C.O. Card House is the oldest standing log building in the Cardston district and one of the oldest in Alberta. In accordance with the Mormon tradition of preserving the home of the community founder, the house was dismantled, cleaned, and reassembled as part of the community's Golden Jubilee in 1937 and is maintained as a museum.

Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch (File: Des. 284)

Character-Defining Elements

The heritage value of the C.O. Card House is preserved in such character-defining elements as:
- horizontal log construction with traditional Mormon features such as a symmetrical front elevation with central gable and half dovetail notching;
- fenestration pattern with offset entrance;
- brick and stone chimneys;
- stone fireplaces;
- white washed and natural log finish on interior;
- door and window trim;
- porch addition (circa 1889) east elevation;
- original site on historic Main Street of Cardston.

Recognition

Jurisdiction

Alberta

Recognition Authority

Province of Alberta

Recognition Statute

Historical Resources Act

Recognition Type

Provincial Historic Resource

Recognition Date

1978/01/18

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

n/a

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement
Building Social and Community Life
Community Organizations

Function - Category and Type

Current

Historic

Residence
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

n/a

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, Old St. Stephen's College, 8820 - 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 (File: Des. 284)

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

4665-0195

Status

Published

Related Places

n/a

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