Although it was an extra-chilly winter day, ten of us came out to sketch the peaceful beauty of the historic Molstad Residence. We gathered at Juniper Bistro afterward to eat and share sketches under low light conditions because there was a multi-neighbourhood power outage! Fortunately, Juniper cooks with gas, so we were able to indulge in warm comfort food.
Scott and Erica Richards’s dog Molly helped keep us warm.
Maybe because our sketchouts of historic Edmonton buildings are being shared around via my Historian Laureate social media, we have garnered a bit more attention. We are now being invited to sketch! Scott and Erica Richards, invited us to their lovely home: the historic Molstad Residence at 9633 95 Avenue.
Sketches by Yvonne Rezek
Edmonton realtor Edward H. Molstad and wife Addie, built their home in 1912 during Edmonton’s economic boom. The house is a stately two-story brick and wood Foursquare house originally built on 5 acres of land. In 1931, part of the house was converted into apartments, but the Molstad family continued to live there until 1982.
Sketches by Barra Ó Scannláin
Sketch by Lucy Rachynski
Sketches by Brenda Raynard
When Walter and Jean Kipp purchased the house in 1988, they worked to restore it to its previous glory as a single family home. The interior retains the original hardwood floors, oak panelling, sculptured ceilings and brass chandeliers.
Sketch by Jo-Anne Farley
Sketches by Janet Bertsch
Sketches by Diane Plasse
Sketch by Marlena Wyman
Molstad Residence became Edmonton’s first historically designated residential building in 1994, and gained the additional protection of provincial designation in 1996.
Scott and Erica Richards are now the proud owners of the house. Thanks to them for inviting us to sketch there, and for their care in preserving an important piece of Edmonton’s history.
Posted by Marlena Wyman