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Richards Block

Edmonton

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Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place


Heritage Value


Character-Defining Elements


Location



Street Address: 10422 - 82 Avenue
Community: Edmonton
Boundaries: Plan I, Block 67, Lot 32
Contributing Resources: Buildings: 1

ATS Legal Description:
Mer Rge Twp Sec LSD
4
24
52
29
8 (ptn.)

PBL Legal Description (Cadastral Reference):
Plan Block Lot Parcel
I
67
32


Latitude/Longitude:
Latitude Longitude CDT Datum Type
53.518405 -113.498562 GPS NAD 83

UTM Reference:
Northing Easting Zone CDT Datum Type

Recognition

Recognition Authority: Province of Alberta
Designation Status: Registered Historic Resource
Date of Designation: 1976/07/14

Historical Information

Built: 1910/01/01 To 1910/01/01
Significant Date(s) N/A
Theme(s) Developing Economies : Trade and Commerce
Historic Function(s): Commerce / Commercial Services : Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Community : Social, Benevolent or Fraternal Club
Current Function(s): Commerce / Commercial Services : Shop or Wholesale Establishment
Architect:
Builder:
Context: HERITAGE SIGNIFICANCE

The official opening of the A.H. Richards and Company general store on March 12, 1910 was conducted with style. Special discounts were offered on all items in the store, and an orchestra was in attendance for much of the day. The store, located on the ground floor of the Richards Block, sold a wide range of goods, including clothing, household items, and groceries. Originally, the upper floors housed offices and meeting rooms, but after 1925 these were converted to apartments.

The Richards family had come to Strathcona in 1893 and were among its earliest merchants. A.H. Richards served as a town councillor in 1906, and his son Thomas was, for some time, Strathcona's only contractor. It was a measure of their success in the community that they could construct such a substantial building at the then considerable cost of $30,000. Small wonder they put on such a show for its opening.

The Richards Block is very solidly built, the foundation walls being two feet thick and the superstructure containing steel reinforcement. Classical details embellish the facade and give it a distinguished appearance. The ground level was originally faced in regularly coursed, rusticated sandstone with decorative urns in the same material placed at each end. The two upper floors are finished with brick that has been laid to imitate coursed stone. Four pilasters included in the fancy brickwork pierce through a wide cornice to reach the top of the height-enhancing parapet. Taken together these details created a pleasing, balanced effect typical of Edwardian commercial buildings. The Richards Block was designated a Registered Historic Resource in 1976.

Strathcona Historical Walking and Driving Tour, 2000

Additional Information

Object Number: 4665-0466
Designation File: DES 0191
Related Listing(s):
Heritage Survey File: HS 28839
Website Link:
Data Source: Alberta Culture and Community Spirit, Historic Resources Management Branch, Old St. Stephen's College, 8820 - 112 Street, Edmonton, AB T6G 2P8 (File: Des. 191)
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