A pedestrian enjoys the sunny weather and warm temperatures walk past the Cronquist House at Bower Ponds Thursday. The historical house is open to the public for light lunch or tea from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm Tuesday to Friday until August 31st.

Iconic Cronquist House turning 100

Celebrate Red Deer’s history when an iconic building turns 100.

Celebrate Red Deer’s history when an iconic building turns 100.

The Red Deer and Cultural Heritage Society will host a centennial celebration for the historic, three-storey, Victorian Cronquist House on Aug. 26.

The birthday celebration at the Bower Ponds site runs from 1 to 4 p.m.

It will feature free birthday cake, refreshments, musical entertainment, free tours, pioneer children’s activities and storytelling.

Members of the Red Deer and Cultural Heritage Society will also collect donations for upkeep and renovations on the house, said tea house co-ordinator Shelly VanGrinsven.

“We just finished renovating the kitchen and now other parts of the house need to be done,” she said.

The 3,500-square-foot house is one of few remaining buildings in Red Deer dating back to the 1900s, when the area was first homesteaded.

It was originally built by the Cronquist family, who were Swedish immigrants, in the area now known as West Park.

In 1973, the house and the land was acquired by developers, who intended to demolish it.

But three years later, the Red Deer Folk Festival Society relocated the house to its present site overlooking Bower Ponds. After the move to Bower Ponds, the Cronquist House was completely restored.

The society suggests that people bring a picnic and lawn chairs to the Cronquist House birthday celebration.

The tea house is open from Tuesday to Friday until the end of August for lunch between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., with afternoon tea and desserts from 2 to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact 403-346-0055.

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