13. 3106 Parkdale Blvd, Grey Residence

Architectural Style: Craftsman

The Gray Residence is of historical value as a representative example of the housing that was constructed in Calgary at the time for the Calgary’s professional class. The first resident of the house was Samuel Campbell Gray, a manager of the Golden West Building Company, who resided in the house for only year. While it seems that the house was constructed for Gray specifically, Gray never technically took ownership of the property from Scott and Hartronft, reflecting the economic downturn that occurred in 1913.

It’s valuable for the Craftsman style architecture, and is one of only about a half-dozen examples of this style in Parkdale. Characteristic of the style, the house features a one-and-one-half-storey bungalow form, squared and tapered verandah supports, triangular eave brackets and exposed rafter tails and purlins. The open, full-width veranda is a desirable design feature exempt from more economical bungalow designs, while the brick that comprises the piers and balustrades represents a high quality finish.

The Gray Residence is an integral component to 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.