11. 3204 Parkdale Blvd NW, Birtch Residence

Architectural Style: Queen Anne Revival 

The Birtch Residence is of historical value as a representative example of the housing that was constructed in Calgary at the time for the city’s professional class. The first owner of the house was Harmon E. Birtch, a real estate broker, and after 1914 an executive with the Dakota Sands Oil Company. It appears that the house was designed and built specifically for Birtch who also commissioned a nearly identical house next door at 3208, suggesting that at least one of these houses was built for speculative purposes. Birtch retained 3204 until 1920 and occupied the house for most of seven years after its construction.

It’s valuable for the Queen Anne Revival style architecture, and is one of only four examples of this style in Parkdale. The house is characterized by its hipped roof with lower cross gable form, bay windows and its full-width front verandah and second-storey balcony.

The Birtch Residence is an integral component of the collection of historic houses that line the north side of Parkdale Boulevard forming a valuable historic streetscape. This streetscape symbolizes Parkdale’s initial development as an urban community and serves as an important aesthetic asset to the Parkdale community.