Property of the Week: A Historically Designated Manor on Memorial Drive

Built in 1931, this home features an Italianate facade and blends both historic and modern elements inside.

Photograph courtesy of Charleston Media.

Where it is

2, 830 Memorial Dr. N.W.


The history

Built in 1931, the Donegal Manor is a prime example of the high-end construction that took place in Calgary during the late 1920s boom.

Andrew Murdoch, the builder of the Donegal Manor, also built and owned the Glenwood Manor, also located on Memorial Drive. Both manors housed notable people over the years, and today, they’re both historically designated properties. Glenwood Manor was home to oil magnate Sam Nickle and later Elaine Husband and Pansy Pue, both Aldermen. Donegal Manor notably housed John E. Brownlee, who first served as Alberta’s Attorney-General from 1921 to 1926 and also as Premier from 1925 to 1934.

Today, Donegal Manor is Calgary’s only example of an Italianate facade, featuring symmetry, low-pitched roofs, round-arched windows and classical influences.


What to love

The historical influences on this home continue from the brick-clad exterior to the homey and cozy interior. Bevelled and stained glass windows bring warm, natural lighting to each room, while the arched designs demonstrate Italian influences.

A modern kitchen blends sleek appliances and plenty of counter and storage space with dark wood cabinets to match the wood accents throughout the home. The living room boasts nine-foot ceilings and offers a cozy yet open space with a centrepiece fireplace making it an ideal room for entertaining. The large bedroom has plenty of space to customize the layout, while the bathroom incorporates timeless luxury through its marble tile and soaker tub.


What to consider

The home’s Memorial Drive location offers the best of amenities, downtown access and appealing scenery. Enjoy the downtown lights at night, stroll along the pathways or enjoy a short bike or drive to local restaurants, shops and more.


The stats

882 square feet
One bedroom
One bathroom
Private den space
Built in 1931


Listed for $350,000 with Alyssa J. Campos at RE/MAX First.


Inside the Home

Photograph courtesy of Charleston Media.

The Italian facade, arched windows and stained glass window on the entrance all nod to this home’s long history.


Photograph courtesy of Charleston Media.

Inside, the wood accents and feature fireplace add to the historical feel of the home, while still fostering a cozy and modern feel.


Photograph courtesy of Charleston Media.

The dining room area connects to the living room and leads to a private den space to the left through doors with their own stained glass windows.


Photograph courtesy of Charleston Media.

The modern kitchen still keeps an air of historic charm while enjoying modern appliances, ample storage and a sleek appearance.


Photograph courtesy of Charleston Media.

The bedroom offers enough space to customize the layout for a true retreat and has its own free-standing wood wardrobe.


Photograph courtesy of Charleston Media.

The luxurious bathroom blends marble tiling with a soaker tub and a rustic colour scheme.


Photograph courtesy of Charleston Media.

Take a stroll across the Peace Bridge to access downtown Calgary and take advantage of all the dining and shopping amenities.


Photograph courtesy of Charleston Media.

Enjoy year-round access to the many paths around Memorial Drive where you can walk, run or bike.


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