11748 University Avenue, Edmonton
Designed by: George Lord Architect
Original Owner: George and Nancy Lord
Designed by George Lord, a 1938 graduate of the University of Alberta School of Architecture, for himself and his wife, the Lord House is inspired by the West Coast Regionalism Style. It features a low horizontal profile with large expanses of glass to engage the house with the surrounding environment. The large windows bring light deep into the house with clerestory windows at the ends of a long sloping roof. Rustic cedar siding was commonly used by Rule Wynn and Rule for their residential type buildings. Lord was employed in this firm at the time and later became a parter under the new name Rule Wynn Forbes Lord. The Lord House colour scheme is original, with brown stained wood siding and green trims, and was typical of the firm’s approach to their West Coast Style buildings, most of which have been altered over the years. This house plan is unique, with living areas on the upper floor and bedrooms on the lower level to take advantage of the spectacular view over the river valley.