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Cronquist House, Red Deer

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The Cronquist House is one of the few remaining buildings in Red Deer dating from the early 1900's when the district was settled. The three storey, 3500 square foot Victorian-style farm house was built in what is now West Park Estates. The original location commanded a beautiful view of the Red Deer River Valley. The house was built by the Cronquist family who were Swedish immigrants. In its day it was a large, luxurious and well-planned home.

In 1973, the house and land were acquired by developers who intended to demolish the house and build a new subdivision. In 1976, the Red Deer Folk Festival Society was given the opportunity and took on the challenge of rescuing the now famous Cronquist House from demolition, In re-locating the house to its present site overlooking the picturesque Bower Ponds, the Society created one of the first multicultural centers in Alberta.

After the move to the Bower Ponds location, the Cronquist House was completely restored. It stands on a new basement, the original bricks, removed for re-location, were reset, and new wiring, heating and plumbing systems installed.

In July & August, the public is invited to enjoy the ambience of the Cronquist House over delicious light lunches or afternoon tea and dessert. The house may also be rented for meetings, small weddings, or other private functions.

For more information, please go to: www.rdchs.com
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  • August 6, 2017
    We attended a catered anniversary dinner here. Firstly it's a gorgeous house only problem is the washroom is down 10 stairs not wheelchair friendly. Food was not served on time, some of our party wait...  more »
  • August 3, 2017
    Lovely decor and setting. Tea cup was cracked and the food was overpriced. Scones were good. Devonshire cream too sweet.  more »
  • March 30, 2017
    Enjoyed a late lunch after snowshoeing down the excellent bush trails. The soup and sandwich lunch was well made and tasty, large or half portions available...selection of drinks and desserts was very...  more »
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  • September 15, 2016
    Gorgeous forest, lagoons_ponds, trails surrounding the nice and preserved historic house facing the main pond. Great views, well placed gazebo, much tranquility for a resting day or evening. Food was fine but could have been less pricy given the sizes of the portions served at the coffee house. Service is good.
  • October 6, 2016
    Had our wedding here and it was absolutely perfect. I highly recommend the Cronquist House for event rentals. The staff and volunteers are all very helpful and friendly. The kitchen staff also did an incredible job at making an elegant "high tea" for our guests.
  • February 5, 2017
    Love this place. I used to work in this house.(did night watch during Canada day due to morons trying to get in when drunk lol) was told it is a haunted house but sorry to say I never saw anything to make me think it might be.
  • February 26, 2016
    Beautiful home! Get a tour, very interesting history. Great homemade food at very reasonable prices.
  • August 29, 2016
    Beautiful historical space

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