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Key Number: HS 816319
Site Name: Otto Reiher Cottage
Other Names: Reiher Residence
Site Type: 0101 - Residential: Single Dwelling


ATS Legal Description:
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Address: 11845 - 52 Street NW
Number: 45
Street: 52
Avenue: 118
Town: Edmonton
Near Town:


Type Number Date View
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Style: Craftsman
Plan Shape: Rectangular Short Facade
Storeys: Storeys: 1
Foundation: Basement/Foundation Wall Material: Concrete
Superstructure: Nailed Frame
Superstructure Cover: Wood: Clapboard (Bevel or Drop Siding)
Roof Structure: Medium Gable
Roof Cover: Wood Shingle
Exterior Codes: Massing of Units: Single Detached
Wings: Rear and Either Side
Wall Design and Detail: Corner Board
Roof Trim - Eaves: Projecting Eaves
Roof Trim - Eaves: Rafters Exposed
Roof Trim Material - Eaves: Wood
Roof Trim - Verges: Projecting Verges
Roof Trim - Verges: Plain Fascia
Roof Trim - Verges: Plain Frieze
Roof Trim Material - Verges: Wood
Chimney Location - Side to Side: Centre
Chimney Location - Front to Rear: Offset Front
Chimney Stack Material: Brick
Chimney Stack Massing: Single
Window - Structural Opening Shape: Flat
Window - Trim Outside Structural Opening - Head: Plain Flat
Window - Trim Outside Structural Opening - Sides: Plain
Window - Trim Outside Structural Opening - Material: Wood
Window - Sill Type: Plain Slip Sill
Window - Sill Material: Wood
Window - Trim Within Structural Opening - Head: Plain
Window - Trim Within Structural Opening - Sides: Plain
Window - Number of Sashes: One
Window - Number of Sashes: Two, Double Hung
Window - Opening Mechanism: Single or Double Hung
Window - Opening Mechanism: Fixed
Window - Pane Arrangements: Other
Main Entrance - Location: Centre (Facade)
Main Entrance - Structural Opening Shape: Flat
Main Entrance - Trim Outside Structural Opening - Head: Plain Flat
Main Entrance - Trim Outside Structural Opening - Sides: Plain
Main Entrance - Trim Outside Structural Opening Material: Wood
Main Entrance - Number of Leaves: 1
Main Entrance - Number of Panels Per Leaf: 1
Main Entrance - Leaves - Special Feature: Shaped Panel
Main Stairs - Location and Design: First or Ground Floor, Without Railing
Main Stairs - Direction: Straight
Main Porch - Type: Closed Porch
Main Porch - Material: Wood
Main Porch - Height: First Storey
Exterior: Exterior elements include: front-gabled rear addition; side-gabled wing on rear addition; 1 over 1 wooden-sash windows; 3 over 1 wooden-sash windows; large fixed multi-light window on front enclosed porch; original screen door over front entryway; louvre in gable peak; decorative wooden element in the gable peak
Interior: Unknown
Environment: The Otto Reiher Cottage is located on a large, flat corner lot with a carefully landscaped lawn. Associated structures include a large double-door garage
Condition: The Otto Reiher Cottage is in excellent condition, with its form, scale, and massing intact, aside from the rear addition put on in the early 2000s. The foundation, superstructure, and roof are all in good repair. The paint on the wood siding needs repair
Alterations: A major restoration of the Otto Reiher cottage was undertaken in the late 2000s. A 400-square foot rear addition was constructed. The basement was dug out and foundation repaired, adding a further 946 square feet. The roof and rafters were repaired, and the windows were replaced to replicate the original style


Construction: Construction Date:
Usage: Usage Date:
Owner: Owner Date:
Frieda P. Zaumseil
Builder: Edward A. Miller
History: Frieda P. Zaumseil, a resident of the Town of Beverly, had the Otto Reiher Cottage built as a rental property in 1937. She acquired a building permit from the City of Edmonton in 1936, which lists Edward A. Miller as the contractor. Zaumseil ‘s first tenants were her then-neighbours in Beverly, Otto and Emma Reiher. The Reihers had arrived from Bremen, Germany, in March 1928, traveling on the vessel “York” into Halifax, Nova Scotia, with one daughter. At the time, Emma, born ca. 1909, was just 19 years old. The Reihers made their way to Beverly, where Otto worked as a labourer and eventually an engineer with the Bush Coal Company. They opted to rent Zaumseils house City Park Annex Addition (later Newton) in 1937 with their four children, making the Reiher’s the first tenants of the extant house now known as the Otto Reiher Cottage. The family lived in the cottage until 1941. The following year, Otto Reiher joined the Canadian military to serve in the Second World War. Upon his demobilization, Otto and Emma moved to British Columbia. Otto died on December 1, 1972 and is buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver; Emma passed away in Victoria on July 8, 1976. Frieda Zaumseil, the original owner of the cottage passed away February 5, 1968 in Edmonton. The Reiher Cottage continued to be a rental property for the at least a decade following the Reiher’s original tenancy. Its second resident was John Barker, a caretaker for the Edmonton Stockyards. Beginning in 2006, owners of the Otto Reiher Cottage, Ryan Catena and his fiancée, Chelsey Brochu, began restoring the property. Through their efforts, they managed to designate the property a Municipal Historical Resource the same year. A double garage with a loft above it was built at the rear of the property in 2009, replacing a smaller garage that was destroyed by arson several years earlier.

The Otto Reiher Cottage is a workers cottage with Arts and Crafts-style detailing. With a utilitarian design common of workers cottages, and likely from standard builder’s design, the cottage was designed with a low-pitched roof, overhanging eaves with exposed rafter tails, and a prominent enclosed porch.


Status: Status Date:
Designation Status: Designation Date:
(not assigned)
Record Information: Record Information Date:
Don Luxton & Associates 2014/03/24


Alberta Register of Historic Places: 4664-0181
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