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.