9823 - 91 Avenue , Edmonton
This two-storey wood-frame residence was built by Roy Gerolamy in 1913 during the pre World War I building boom, for a cost of $2,200. The lot was purchased from William J. Doble Real Estate for $800.00. The address at the time of construction was 573 – 9 Avenue.
The Roy Gerolamy residence is significant because of its architecture, an excellent example of the Foursquare style, which became popular during the Edwardian Era. It was typified by the use of symmetry and classical detailing. Foursquare homes are usually a two-storey box shape, with four square rooms above three square rooms and a foyer. Foursquares were efficient to build, affordable and favoured by mail-order companies for pre-cut "kit" homes. Most in Edmonton were simple in design, leaning more to a muted Arts and Craft style.
Like most Foursquares built in Edmonton, the Roy Gerolamy residence is a wood framed construction with timber cladding. This structure has elaborate detailing and variations such as the slight hipped-roof configuration on the main house, upper open porch with bellcast eaves, asymmetrically located open front veranda with triple wood support posts, and two exterior brick chimneys. Decorative brackets on the soffit offer visual support and tie into the frieze that separates the roof from the shingles. The original multi-paned wood sash and storm windows add significant character to the home.
This residence is significant because of its association with the development of the Strathcona community, one of south Edmonton’s oldest neighbourhoods dating from the arrival of the railway in 1892, and a separate city until amalgamation with Edmonton in 1912.
The property has been restored and was added to the Register of Historic Resources for the City of Edmonton in 2000.
- Edmonton Historical Board
Edmonton Historical Board Plaque Award
Municipal Historic Resource (02/15/2000)