Historic Magrath Mansion acquired by Concordia University of Edmonton

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Overlooking the North Saskatchewan River, the Magrath Mansion has been a fixture in the Highlands neighbourhood since 1912. (John Robertson/CBC - image credit)
Overlooking the North Saskatchewan River, the Magrath Mansion has been a fixture in the Highlands neighbourhood since 1912. (John Robertson/CBC - image credit)

A historic Edmonton mansion that had been on the market for more than a year has made history again.

Concordia University of Edmonton announced Wednesday it has acquired the Magrath Mansion from the Braaksma family in a deal that includes the single largest individual gift the university has ever received — $1.425 million.

The mansion has stood in the heart of the Highlands neighbourhood since 1912.

"The Magrath Mansion is an important part of Edmonton's history," said Tim Loreman, president and vice-chancellor of the post-secondary institution.

"We are looking forward to inviting our students, faculty, staff and community to learn about the property's history, be inspired by its architecture and continue creating its legacy."

The stately residence on Ada Boulevard at 62nd Street is less than 10 blocks east of the university campus, which is also on Ada Boulevard.

Sid and Nellie Braaksma purchased the home in 2000 and had done extensive work on it. It had been designated a provincial historic resource in 1975.

The home was listed for $5.25 million in May 2020, one year after Sid Braaksma's death.

Adrienne Lamb/CBC
Adrienne Lamb/CBC

According to the university, the home is valued at $3.175 million.

"While real estate donations are common at other post-secondary universities, this is the largest individual gift ($1.425 million) that CUE has received to date," the news release said.

The property covers five city lots, which the university said would provide ample space for education, research, entertainment and gatherings.

"I am very happy that it will continue to have a presence and make an impact as part of CUE," Nellie Braaksma said in the news release.

Concordia University of Edmonton opened in 1921 as a small Lutheran college.

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