Well, another week, more demolitions of buildings from our Inventory of Historic Resources. This time, two in one shot as the result of a new low rise apartment on the south side of 83 Avenue, just east of 109 Street.
The first is the Nightingale Nursing Home. Construction on the Nightingale Nursing Home began in 1912, and it opened in 1914. Agnes McBride was the superintendent of the facility. Its time at 10833 – 83 Avenue NW was short-lived, as the facility relocated to 11326 – 103 Avenue NW in 1915. I can’t confirm, but I believe it was affiliated with the Grey Nuns. The property was used as a residence after that, with Laurie B. Elliot as the owner in 1915.
The second, immediately to the west, is the J.M. Kinnear Residence. The house was constructed in 1912 for John Morris Kinnear, a cashier for the Alberta Treasury Department. By 1915, Kinnear was Secretary-Treasurer of the Tipton Investment Company Ltd., a prominent Edmonton real estate company that was involved in some of the early development of the Garneau neighbourhood.
Both will be demolished along with 3 other older homes (not on the Inventory) on this section of 83 Avenue in the coming weeks. The site was zoned to Low Rise Apartment Zone some years ago, providing a much higher development opportunity, which almost always trumps preservation. A huge loss for this part of Garneau, particularly when coupled with the eventual demolition of Knox Metropolitan Church across the street (another Inventory building) sometime soon. It’s been a tough few weeks....our communities are slowing being gutted.... #yeg #edmonton #edmontonheritage #disappearingheritage #renonotdemo #urbanyeg #thisplacematters #nationaltrustcanada #savingplaces #lostheritage #architecture #history #igers #instagram #iphoneonly #exploreedmonton #instagramyeg #igyeg #heritagedestroyed #goneforever