Property of the Week: A Classic Craftsman Home in Elbow Park

One of 149 homes in Calgary that is municipally designated as a historic resource, this residence has belonged to the same family since 1924 and features architecture that is distinct to early homes in the Elbow Park community.

Photograph by Kelly Pease, Zoon Media.

Where it is

110 Garden Cres. S.W.

 

The history

Built between 1911 and 1912, this Craftsman-style home is one of the most architecturally distinctive residences in the community of Elbow Park. Located on Garden Crescent, the home was originally constructed and owned by James H. Garden, a prominent contractor, alderman and urban-planning advocate. Garden was largely responsible for developing the entire residential cul-de-sac of Garden Crescent, with the goal of making the area a highly desirable enclave of substantial yet comfortable homes. 

After Garden left the home, it was occupied by Louis Turcotte, a clerk from the Dominion Lands Office, from 1913 to 1920. In 1924, it became the home of Lewis Caldwell, the owner of L.W. Caldwell & Co., a company that produced hosiery, caps and other knitwear. The property, which eventually became known as the Turcotte (Caldwell) Residence, has stayed in the Caldwell family ever since.

 

What to love

The exterior of this heritage home features a full-width front veranda with thick, tapered supports and a unique, stylized balustrade. A second-storey porch, bay windows and gables with mock half-timbering only add to the outward charm. 

Inside, the home has the stained-wood trim and finishings that are typical of Craftsman-style structures. The home’s historic integrity is evident throughout the space, from the original kitchen cabinetry and checkerboard floor tiles to the original windows and registers. 

Upstairs, the three bedrooms all have a light and homey feel. The primary bedroom also features private access to the second-storey porch — perfect for enjoying a morning cup of tea while taking in the residential view.

 

What to consider

Predating World War I, the Turcotte (Caldwell) Residence is one of the best-preserved heritage homes in Elbow Park. Classic Craftsman elements are evident inside and out and reflect the character of the community. The home’s cozy feel and deep familial roots make it an ideal choice for young families or couples planning to have kids. Just minutes away from downtown, as well as schools and other amenities, the home’s location makes for convenient modern living within a historic location.

 

The stats

1,522.29 square feet
Three bedrooms
One bathroom
Built in 1911-12
Generationally owned
Municipally designated heritage home

 

Listed for $767,000 with Mark Coffey at CIR Realty and Halyna S. Tataryn at Tataryn Group Calgary Real Estate.

 

Inside the Home

Photograph courtesy of Glenbow Archives.

This image from 1924 showcases the home’s west facade, which remains much the same even today.

 

Photograph by Kelly Pease, Zoon Media.

Now 110 years old, the home has maintained its historic charm, character features and cozy appeal.

 

Photograph by Kelly Pease, Zoon Media.

The front porch, a typical trait of Craftsman-style homes, is a lovely place to enjoy a morning coffee or simply lounge outside when the weather is warm.

 

Photograph by Kelly Pease, Zoon Media.

The living room is a bright and spacious area for gathering with friends and family. Situated just off the foyer, this room also connects to the dining room.

 

Photograph by Kelly Pease, Zoon Media.

Also just off the foyer is this homey den. With a comfy chair, desk and fireplace, it’s a great private space to power through a workday.

 

Photograph by Kelly Pease, Zoon Media.

The spacious dining room can be kept private by closing the door to the kitchen and the double French pocket doors that connect to the living room.

 

Photograph by Kelly Pease, Zoon Media.

Featuring modern appliances and plenty of room to cook, the kitchen still has its original cabinetry and storage.

 

Photograph by Kelly Pease, Zoon Media.

With its wood trim and light walls, the primary bedroom has a classic feel and offers easy access to the bathroom and second-storey porch.

 

Photograph by Kelly Pease, Zoon Media.

Featuring wood accents, tiled walls, a clawfoot tub with shower and a modern toilet, the bathroom blends historic elements with contemporary flair.

 

Photograph by Kelly Pease, Zoon Media.

The two other bedrooms in the home offer plenty of space, light and warmth.

 

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