Thursday, April 7, 2016

Edmonton House

This is the house in Edmonton, Alberta our family lived in when I was born in 1945. My parents sold it in 1955 when we moved to Vancouver.

11407 84th St. NW Edmonton, Alberta

Photo taken by Google in 2014. The house looks much nicer than the last time my sister and I drove by it. At that time it was obviously a rental and was in terrible shape. It needed a paint job, the front window was broken and the yard was full of junk. It now looks much the same as it did in 1955 except the stairs used come down the side of the entry, joining up with the sidewalk. They now appear to just end on the lawn.

The house was tiny, somewhere around 500 square feet. My sister's room was in the attic and my brother's was in the basement. Mine was about 6X8 and on the main floor and the stairs (more like a ladder) to the attic were in my room. Mom and dad built the house as they went, they never borrowed a cent. They bought the material they needed for the week and dad built it by himself after work and on the weekends. As soon as the walls were up and the roof on they moved into it so they could use what they were paying on rent to buy material to finish it quicker. There were no neighbors on either side when it was built, just empty lots.

15 comments:


  1. Image doesn't show for me either.

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  2. Weird, it is a Picasa screen capture and it works on both my Windows computers. Here is the link to Google Street View:

    https://www.google.com/maps/place/11407+84+St+NW,+Edmonton,+AB+T5B+3B5,+Canada/@53.5644813,-113.4703024,3a,75y,72.4h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sxAog9jW3Dm6AuYFeUAMoeg!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DxAog9jW3Dm6AuYFeUAMoeg%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D61.898994%26pitch%3D0!7i13312!8i6656!4m2!3m1!1s0x53a02303628f0eab:0x5d6733294d22cff?hl=en

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  3. George sent me a new jpg which I substituted for the screen shot. Did this fix the problem?

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  4. Thanks George. What did you do to fix it?

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  5. It appears I was not paying attention and saved the photo as a link to Google's site an not as a jpg. That was the reason people could not see the photo while I could. Pay attention Croft and thanks George!

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  6. I lived just 3 blocks from Croft at 11535 - 86 Street in a similar home. Small world my friend.

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  7. What a neat little house, so cool that you could capture it so clearly.

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  8. That is amazing Contessa. It certainly is a small world!

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  9. When we moved back to Edmonton in 79 we lived at 11704 82nd St. Not far away.

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