313 15 St NW (Formerly Imperial Avenue)
Built in 1911 as two identical suites up and down- 313 and 313A.
The 1st owners were George T. & Annie C. Wasson who also owned the two 50’ lots to the south.
George & Annie lived in the main floor suite and rented the upper.
In 1925 they moved to the upper suite (313A) and rented the lower.
1931- 1939 Annie lived here as a widow.
1939- 1945- Matthew James is recorded as head of household.
His widow, Mrs. Annie C. James lived in the upper suite until 1965.
George Cinnamon bought the house for $8620.00 in 1969.
He sold it to Kelvieon Properties in 1995 for $95,000.00. It was very run down at that time and they did some updating including converting it to a single family home.
In 1996 the current owners purchased the home and began the endless process of restoration.
Was Annie C. Wasson the same person as Annie C. James?
Did the widow Annie C. Wasson marry Matthew James?
Did the dame woman plant flowers in this garden for 50 years?
The first telephone was registered in this home by James Wilson in 1949.
What was going on there?
The four 25’ lots to the south of this house were part of the original parcel of land purchased by Wasson.
That land remained vacant until the 1950s.
What was there – a horse pasture? A slough? A garden?
Do you know anyone who might remember?
Why Buy a Century Home?
Rick Clowes, Realtor, Royal LePage Foothills, sponsor of Century Homes Calgary says century homes have many selling advantages:
- Width – This home is 20’ wide on a 25’ lot. New homes are only 18’ wide on a 25’ lot.
- Windows – New homes in this area cannot have windows on the sides that face other houses – this home has 15 side windows.
- Balconies – This home has front AND back balconies which are no longer allowed.
- Verandas – With higher foundations, most new homes have verandas more than 24” from the ground and therefore must have the higher and less friendly railings around the verandas.
- Details – Look at the detailed window frames on this house and compare to the new homes across the street.
- Built to last – If they have lasted 100 years they have proved their durability and will probably outlast many that are being built today.
- Not Cookie-Cutter – Century homes are unique – there is a reason they are called ‘character homes’!
- Experience! “I want a house that has got over all its troubles; I don’t want to spend the rest of my life bringing up a young and inexperienced house.” – Jerome K. Jerome (1859 – 1927)
In the 1990’s one of the residents must have had a sense of humour – the house numbers for 313A were changed to 313 Eh?
“The farther backwards you can look, the father forward you are likely to see.” – Winston Churchill