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9704 - 106 Street, Edmonton, Alberta, T5K, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2002/07/02

This view of the south facade of the Foote Residence illustrates its prominent orange brick construction and painted embossed metal roof, with corbelled chimney.; City of Edmonton, 2004
South view
This view of the Foote Residence, from the southeast, illustrates the prominent hillside location adjacent to the Alberta Legislature.; City of Edmonton, 2004
Southeast view
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Other Name(s)

Richard Foote Residence
Foote House

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Construction Date(s)

1907/01/01 to 1908/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/05/18

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Foote Residence is a two and one-half storey brick-clad Edwardian-era version of a four-square building. It is located on the north side of 97 Avenue on 106 Street, just to the east of the grounds of the Alberta Legislature.

Heritage Value

The Foote Residence is valued for its association with an early Edmonton builder and architect, Richard E. Foote. Foote was representative of many people important in the early era of the construction industry. With Nathaniel Purcell, he owned a substantial contracting business and eventually designed and built important structures such as Edmonton's first Civic Block. He served on City Council and worked for the City Architect's Department later in his life. The house was his residence in 1907, and then from 1911 until 1916.

The Foote Residence is also significant as an excellent example of the four-square style, which became popular during the Edwardian-era. Derived from American Colonial and Classical Revival architecture, it was typified by the use of symmetry and classical detailing.

The Foote Residence is also significant as a symbol of the social change occurring in Edmonton after the turn of the century. The residence's grand proportions and attention to detail befits the entrepreneurial and professional classes, which emerged rapidly after the city was confirmed as Provincial Capital in 1906. It's location, facing the river flats where working-class neighbourhoods were established previous to its construction, provided an anchor to the up-scale neighbourhood that developed in proximity to the nearby Legislature grounds.

The Foote Residence is also significant for some of its tenants, who illustrate the range of middle class and professional individuals who shaped Edmonton in the years following the rapid economic and political change of the period immediately after 1900. They included one of the earliest important scientists and civil servants in Alberta, Dr. Daniel G. Revell, Provincial bacteriologist, who resided here from 1908 to 1910 and was involved in teaching, research, criminal investigations and medical practice and study throughout his life. John McLaren, business manager for the Edmonton Journal, lived here in 1917, and is another prominent individual associated with this aspect of community growth.
Source: City of Edmonton (Bylaw 13108)

Character-Defining Elements

Character-defining features of the four-square style are key elements of the character of the Foote Residence and include its:
-form and massing;
-hipped with flat top, metal-clad, bellcast roof;
-projecting two-storey square bay at the front with gabled roof;
-brick cladding with rusticated concrete work on the first floor;
-open full-width front verandah with pediment over entry;
-decorative cornice on verandah;
-corbelled chimneys;
-double-hung wooden-sash windows with pointed arch muntins in upper sashes;
-curved two-storey bay window on the south facade;
-scroll-cut eave brackets.




Recognition Authority

Local Governments (AB)

Recognition Statute

Historical Resources Act

Recognition Type

Municipal Historic Resource

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Developing Economies
Trade and Commerce

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Office or Office Building


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer

Richard Foote


Richard Foote

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Edmonton, Planning and Development Department, 10250 - 101 Street, Edmonton, AB T5J 3P4 (Digital File: 1075516).

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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