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Edmonton residence of early city builders declared historic resource

DCN-JOC News Services
Edmonton residence of early city builders declared historic resource

EDMONTON — A residence that was once home to several influential early Edmonton city builders is now a Municipal Historic Resource.

The Sheldon/Power Residence, located south of the downtown core in the Highlands neighbourhood, was originally built in 1914 when Carleton Sheldon came to Canada to work in the coal industry. Sheldon eventually created the Sheldon Coal Company which operated until 1951. 

The home was purchased in 1949 by Michael and Nancy Power who own the M.K. Power & Co. insurance brokerage.

“Nancy Power was unique among women at that time in that she was a full and active partner in the insurance business and worked side-by-side with her male counterparts. Nancy became involved in property management and was well known for renting homes to people others wouldn’t help,” a City of Edmonton release said.

“Nancy Power was a pretty amazing person. She served on dozens of boards and committees like the Family Service Association and the National Capital Commission. She was a founder and board member of Canada’s National Theatre School, and a founding member of the Highlands Historical Society. She was a great example of an Edmontonian caring about her community and contributing to make our city a better place,” added City of Edmonton principal heritage planner David Johnston.

The Sheldon/Power Residence is constructed in the Craftsman style with a large gable dormer on the front and an open veranda on the lower level supported by four tapered columns. It is one of the best-preserved examples of the Craftsman style in the neighbourhood, the release stated.

The current owners of the Sheldon/Power Residence will receive a grant of $97,130.72 from Edmonton’s Heritage Resources Reserve fund to assist in rehabilitation costs to the building.

Edmonton’s Historic Resource Management Plan outlines the city’s mission to identify, protect and promote the preservation and use of historic resources. Since the plan was initiated in 1985, 171 properties have been designated.

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