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Cecil Burgess Residence


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Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place
The Cecil Burgess Residence consists of a two-storey, wood-frame residential building on a corner lot in the historic Garneau neighbourhood adjacent to the University of Alberta campus.

Heritage Value
The Cecil Burgess Residence is significant because of its association with architect and teacher Cecil Burgess (1870-1971), who became the University of Alberta resident architect in 1913 and designed many early campus buildings. Burgess ran a school of architecture during the 1930s and retired in 1940 to enter private architectural and town planning practice until his death in 1971. He purchased this house in 1942. While University architect, he designed Pembina Hall, a student residence, and the staff houses on campus circle. He was perhaps best known for his town planning work and his promotion of the ‘Town Beautiful’ movement in Alberta. As an architect, he was better known as an associate of Nobbs and Hyde in Edmonton. He prepared town plans for the townsites of Jasper, Banff, Lethbridge and Medicine Hat.

The Cecil Burgess Residence is also significant because of its architecture, which is an excellent vernacular example of the Craftsman Style, a North American adaptation of the British Arts and Crafts style.

The Cecil Burgess Residence is also significant because of its association with the development of the Garneau community, one of south Edmonton’s oldest settled neighbourhoods dating from before World War One. This community was built in association with, and adjacent to, the University of Alberta. The community served University employees, affluent business people and civil servants who worked nearby and across the river in the downtown Legislature community, which was connected to Garneau by the 1912 High Level Bridge.

Source: City of Edmonton (Bylaw 13107)

Character-Defining Elements
The Craftsman-style architecture of the Cecil Burgess Residence is expressed in character-defining elements such as:
- form, scale and massing;
- front and rear gable roof configuration with side dormer and central brick chimney;
- distinctive triangular eave brackets in the front and rear gables and the west side dormer roof;
- front hipped-roof open verandah with solid handrails;
- variety of wood double-hung windows on both floors with one-over-one sashes and tall bottom sash configuration;
- symmetrical arrangement of upper floor main windows and corner ‘eye’ windows in the front facade;
- upper level cedar shingle cladding with bottom outward bevel and lower level cedar bevel siding, divided by horizontal wood belly boards, on each facade


Street Address: 10950 - 89 Avenue NW
Community: Edmonton
Boundaries: Lot 12, Block 150, Plan 7723S
Contributing Resources: Buildings: 1

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

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

Latitude Longitude CDT Datum Type
53.525043 -113.514797 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: 2002/07/02

Historical Information

Built: 1914 To 1914
Significant Date(s) 1942 To 1971
Theme(s) Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life : Architecture and Design
Historic Function(s): Residence : Single Dwelling
Current Function(s):

Additional Information

Object Number: 4664-0111
Designation File:
Related Listing(s): 4665-0822
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: 1060819 )
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