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Richard Wallace Residence


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Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place
The Richard Wallace Residence, a rectangular one and one-half storey house with a gable roof and open front porch, was constructed in the Craftsman style in 1923. It is located on a city lot on a quiet tree-lined street in the mature neighbourhood of Cromdale in the City of Edmonton.

Heritage Value
The Richard Wallace Residence is architecturally significant as a representative example of a modest house in the Craftsman style, popular in Edmonton in the 1920s, which retains full integrity of historic design and fabric.

The Richard Wallace Residence is significant for its historical association with Merril Muttart (1903-1970), prominent Edmonton businessman and philanthropist, who together with his wife Gladys, founded the charitable Muttart Foundation. Merril Muttart began his notable career in the building supply and housing business across western Canada as a carpenter, and the contract to build the Richard Wallace Residence was one of his first jobs.

The Richard Wallace Residence is so-named for its long historical association with the second owner of the house, Richard Wallace. Wallace, who was registrar, sheriff and clerk of Alberta's Supreme Court, resided here from 1925 to 1943. The house has been maintained as a single-family dwelling and adds to the historic character of the streetscape.

Source: City of Edmonton (Bylaw: 13414)

Character-Defining Elements
All the original Craftsman style architectural elements of the Richard Wallace Residence, such as:
- the gabled east and west elevations with projecting and decorative brackets;
- the asymmetrical gabled extension with hip-roofed bay window and recessed porch on the west facade;
- exposed rafters on the north and south facades;
- all wood trim including corner boards and on doors and windows;
- wood cladding, clapboard siding on the main floor and shingles on the upper floor;
- frieze/belt courses separating main floor from the foundation and the ground floor from the upper floor;
- shingled skirting that wraps around the house;
- detailing of the open front verandah, including tapered columns, gable roof, overhanging eaves, exposed braces and brackets;
- brick chimney.


Street Address: 10950 - 81 Street NW
Community: Edmonton
Boundaries: Lot 20, Block 1, Plan 1875A
Contributing Resources: Buildings: 1

ATS Legal Description:
Mer Rge Twp Sec LSD
4 (ptn.)

PBL Legal Description (Cadastral Reference):
Plan Block Lot Parcel

Latitude Longitude CDT Datum Type
53.558528 -113.465967 Secondary Source NAD 83

UTM Reference:
Northing Easting Zone CDT Datum Type


Recognition Authority: Local Governments (AB)
Designation Status: Municipal Historic Resource
Date of Designation: 2003/05/27

Historical Information

Built: 1922 To 1923
Significant Date(s) N/A
Theme(s) Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life : Architecture and Design
Historic Function(s): Residence : Single Dwelling
Current Function(s): Residence : Single Dwelling
Builder: Merril Muttart

Additional Information

Object Number: 4664-0107
Designation File:
Related Listing(s):
Heritage Survey File:
Website Link: http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/planning_development/historic-resources.aspx
Data Source: City of Edmonton, Planning and Development Department, 10250 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4 (Digital File: 18385819)
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