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Shackleford Residence


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Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place
The Shackleford residence is a one and one-half storey cottage style structure with a hipped gable roof and eyebrow dormers, and is clad with wood shingles. The home occupies a single city lot on a residential street in the City of Lethbridge.

Heritage Value
The Shackleford residence is significant due to its interesting cottage style design influences and its association with Alfred W. Shackleford.

The 1927 Shackleford residence is significant due to its interesting cottage style design elements. The hipped gable roof with rounded eaves, the eyebrow dormers, and eyebrow eave above the semi-circular front door and the large detailed stucco chimney on the front façade all add to a feeling of rusticity and romanticism that is characteristic of the cottage style design.

The Shackleford residence is significant due to its association with Alfred W. Shackleford (1899-1992), known to many as “Shack”, who first became an Alderman of the City of Lethbridge in 1939. He also served as Mayor of Lethbridge from 1944-1946, 1952-1955, and 1957-1961.

A.W. Shackleford was born in England but grew up in other parts of Canada. In 1921, he came to Lethbridge to manage the Kings Theatre. By 1928, he joined the Famous Players group and went on to open the Capitol, Majestic, Empress (later Roxy), and Paramount Theatres. He and his two sons, Douglas and Robert, purchased land at the S.E. corner of Mayor Magrath Drive and Highway 4, and opened Green Acres Drive-In. Latterly, the Shackleford’s ran theatres in the College Mall and Lethbridge Centre Cinemas.

The residence was built by Henry N. Becker of Becker Lumber Co. Ltd. Mr. Becker soon sold the property to Alfred & Ada Shackleford (1899-1986) who lived in the home until the mid-1950’s. Mr. Shackleford spent his first and part of his second term as Mayor in this residence before moving to his new home at 2515-6th Avenue South.

Character-Defining Elements
The character defining elements as expressed in the form, massing, and materials of the 1927 one and one-half storey Shackleford residence such as;

- The truncated gable roof with curved eaves
- The wood shingles on the external wall
- The wood shingles on the roof
- The eyebrow dormers
- The eyebrow eave above the front entrance
- The semi-circular front door
- The large stucco tapered chimney on the front façade with decorative features
- Fireplace
- All doors and hardware
- Sitting room alcove
- Detail and form of windows


Street Address: 1317 - 4 Avenue South
Community: Lethbridge
Boundaries: Lot 19 and Portion of Lots 20 to 23, Block 94, Plan 4353S
Contributing Resources: Buildings: 1

ATS Legal Description:
Mer Rge Twp Sec LSD

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

Latitude Longitude CDT Datum Type
49.69507 -112.82327 Digital Maps NAD83

UTM Reference:
Northing Easting Zone CDT Datum Type
5506324 368511 Digital Maps NAD83


Recognition Authority: Local Governments (AB)
Designation Status: Municipal Historic Resource
Date of Designation: 2015/01/19

Historical Information

Built: 1927/01/01
Significant Date(s) 1939-69
Historic Function(s): Residence : Single Dwelling
Current Function(s): Residence : Single Dwelling
Builder: Henry N. Becker

Additional Information

Object Number: 4664-0330
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Data Source: Planning & Development Services City Hall, 910 - 4 Avenue South Lethbridge, AB, T1JOC1
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