Gingerbread Treasure

There is only one like it left in the core—a Queen Anne style home. “You can describe it as your typical gingerbread house,” says Dane Ryksen, a heritage building enthusiast who shares the city’s history on his Instagram account @_citizen_dane.

The uncommon style of architecture, named after the 18th-century queen, was popular during the 1870-1890s, Edmonton’s first development boom, Ryksen says. The style blended medieval and newer tropes, borrowing heavily from 15th- and 16th-century architecture. Some traits are three-story asymmetrical layouts, turrets, red brick, wrap-around verandahs, and ornate spindlework.

The only remaining Queen Anne style home in the core is the Stocks Residence (9907 103 Street). The Stocks Residence was built in 1906 by John Stocks, Alberta’s first deputy minister of public works. It is currently an unprotected private residence. The other Queen Anne style home constructed in the core was Secord House. It was built by Richard Secord, a Conservative politician and founder of McDougall & Secord, but was demolished in 1968.