The Current Normal – Edmonton Neighbourhoods – (Old) Glenora

These photos were taken on July 2, 2020.

This is the post that I promised to Bernie when I forgot to show any houses in my first post on Riverdale.

Old Glenora is part of the Edmonton neighbourhood of Glenora. It was originally part of a river lot farm homesteaded by Malcolm Groat, the namesake for Edmonton’s Groat Road.

The land changed hands several times, before it came into the possession of James Carruthers, a wealthy grain merchant from Montreal in 1905. At that time, Edmonton ended at the ravine where Groat Road is now located. Carruthers wanted to develop the area as a residential neighbourhood, but transportation for commuters across the ravine was a problem. In 1909, he came to an agreement with the City of Edmonton. He would build a bridge across the ravine, in exchange for a guarantee that the city would extend streetcar service into the neighbourhood. The city wanted a 40 foot wide bridge but settled for s 20 foot wide bridge and a donation of land.

The new bridge completed in 1910 carried 102 Avenue across the ravine and made it possible for the construction of a new Lieutenant-Governor’s mansion, completed in 1913. The 1913 real estate crash slowed down development, but the local elite wanted to live close to the Lieutenant-Governor’s mansion and near the river valley views where there were good streetcar connections. The area became a “posh” neighbourhood, because of the prevailing West winds making for better air quality. Some of the homes in the area date back to the original development and are now designated as heritage properties. 9 out of 10 homes in Glenora were built prior to 1970.


Alexander Circle located at 133 Street and 103 Avenue is the heart of the neighbourhood and features and ornate fountain and park. It is named for Harold Alexander, Governor General of Canada from 1946 to 1952.

(Source:Edmonton Journal)

shot across Alexander Circle
This house is currently undergoing major renovations
Grand verandah – a caveat was placed on the lands by Malcolm Carruthers in 1909, that all houses built must cost more than $3,500. Ahhh, the good old days.
A “newer” home.
a lot of local brick was used in the day, likely from J.B. Little’s Brickyard in Riverdale
must be 1960s stucco
this one is right on 102 Avenue, a busy road
one with a classic shed dormer 2nd floor
I like this cottage style house
another view
gambrel roof
not sure this colour of stucco would have been used in the day
the flower boxes on this one are gorgeous
another shed dormer
newer home with classic design
This one has great curb appeal
a fine mansion
love the verandah
looking across Alexander Circle – fountain was not yet running, likely due to Covid
a little Spanish heritage?

12 thoughts on “The Current Normal – Edmonton Neighbourhoods – (Old) Glenora

  1. Such a beautiful neighborhood with so many beautiful houses, each of them bursting with unique characteristics. Glenora looks like a lovely place to live, thanks for showing us around. Aiva 😊

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    1. For sure. I would love to live there, but these properties not only cost a premium, many of these old homes require deep pockets to maintain. Very pretty to visit and wander though, imagining. Stay well Aiva. Allan

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  2. Great photos and thanks a lot for doing a post about the houses. There are some beauties. I always find it sad when the infill ones are not a sensitive match. This area reminds me of the neighborhood around the university here in Saskatoon. Thanks for doing the post for me.

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    1. You are welcome Bernie. Too many people develop a Hey, look at me! attitude in these exclusive areas. I get the comparison to Saskatoon’s university area. We walked there in 2018. Thanks for reading. Allan


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