Provincially Designated Homes In The Garneau
1/ Rutherford House , on Saskatchewan Drive, was built in 1912 by Premier Rutherford.
3/ Sarah McLellan House was built in 1913 and designated a Provincial Historic Resource in 2000.
4/ The Cecil Burgess House , at 10958 89th Avenue was built circa 1911. This was the long time home of Professor Cecil Burgess, Heritage Architect and City of Edmonton Town Planner. Professor Percival Warren also lived here; the numerous contributions of both of these men are well chronicled on the U of A Website. This home is being evaluated for permanent Provincial Historical Designation, a process that takes almost one year to complete. In the interim, it is provisionally provincially historically designated.
The beautifulred brick Garneau School, built in 1923 and former school to numerous notables such as Preston Manning [whose father Ernest C. Manning lived locally] certainly also deserves provincial designation. The Garneau Theatre is another well-known historical landmark.
Other items of historical interest and value are the Garneau Cairn and The Garneau Maple Tree (both previously mentioned) and the Garneau Lampstand erected at the south end of the High Level Bridge circa 1930.
In addition to our historic homes and buildings it is essential to discuss The Garneau's 'cultural landscape', its trees. The stately ash and elm trees which line its streets add much to its character and charm. However, trees serve many other usefuland functional purposes. Tragically, Dutch Elm Disease has wiped out most elm trees across North America; Edmonton is almost unique in its being home to healthy elm trees. Ironically, although every elm tree in Edmonton is catalogued and monitored for Dutch Elm Disease, these increasingly rare trees are not safe from "developers" who often see it in their best interests to cut them down. Preserve Garneau is concerned about the safety of the trees in The Garneau, including the significant number of roughly 100 year old elms found on The Campus in Garneau . A photocopied map indicating where these elms are found is available from the City of Edmonton. The University of Alberta's proposed realignment of 111th Street eastward alone would destroy some of the elms lining 90th Avenue. Further information on the Ecological Issues involved with the destruction of the heritage area on the Garneau Campus can be seen at the Sierra Club's Prairie Chapter website. Smart growth and sustainable development are other topics covered at the Sierra Club's website and are well worth reading.
The backyard of the Cecil Burgess House is home to ' The Michelet Tree '. According to the City inventory this tree has one of the largest diameters (1.24 metres) in Edmonton.
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