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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
3755 McGill Street
Description
Overlynn Mansion is a two and one-half storey British Arts and Crafts mansion, with an exterior composed of a massive native granite rubble-stone base surmounted by distinctive half-timbering, a hip hipped roof, a rare surviving intact interior, and elaborate landscape features including stone wall…
Associated Dates
1909
Formal Recognition
Heritage Designation, Community Heritage Register
Other Names
Charles J. Peter Mansion
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Other Names
Charles J. Peter Mansion
Civic Address
3755 McGill Street
Associated Dates
1909
Formal Recognition
Heritage Designation, Community Heritage Register
Enactment Type
Bylaw No. 10211
Enactment Date
18/09/1995
Description
Overlynn Mansion is a two and one-half storey British Arts and Crafts mansion, with an exterior composed of a massive native granite rubble-stone base surmounted by distinctive half-timbering, a hip hipped roof, a rare surviving intact interior, and elaborate landscape features including stone walls and planted terraces. It is situated in the residential neighbourhood of Vancouver Heights, on a high point of land overlooking Burrard Inlet to the west and the mouth of Lynn Creek to the east. This prominent residence is now part of a large senior citizens development known as Seton Villa.
Heritage Value
Overlynn Mansion is valued as a superb example of the work of the noted architectural firm of Maclure and Fox. The architecture of Samuel Maclure (1860-1929) was synonymous with high quality residential design for prominent citizens in both Vancouver and Victoria. Maclure was known for his British Arts and Crafts style with meticulous attention paid to functional and beautiful interiors that utilized native wood combined with luxurious imported fittings. He was a leading exponent of the Art and Crafts design movement in B.C., and established a sophisticated local variation of residential architecture. Maclure’s Vancouver office, in association with his partner Cecil Croker Fox (1879-1916), received some sixty residential commissions between 1909-1915 as a result of the booming local economy and subsequent development of new residential districts. Maclure’s practice in Victoria was equally prolific at the time. Overlynn Mansion is valued as one of Burnaby’s oldest upper-class estates and for its association with the development of Vancouver Heights. In 1909, C.J. Peter and his employer, G.F. and J. Galt Limited, pioneered the development of Vancouver Heights in North Burnaby, believing it to be one of the most picturesque districts in area and an alternative to the CPR’s prestigious Shaughnessy Heights development in Vancouver. Buyers were obligated to build houses worth $3,500 at a time when the average house price was $1,000. Overlynn Mansion, built in 1909 for $75,000, was one of the first houses constructed in Vancouver Heights and by far the most grandiose and impressive. Additionally, this landmark residence is significant and an intact and comprehensive representation of a grand Edwardian era estate home. The interior is notably intact, and retains many highly-refined original features, including substantive millwork of exotic woods, silver-plated and nickel-plated light fixtures, fine plasterwork, tiled fireplaces and exceptional hardware. Landscape features of Overlynn Mansion include the original layout for circulation paths, a porte-cochere, granite posts and stone walls, a sandstone and iron sundial, and mature trees and shrubbery. The house was designated by Burnaby Council in 1995 and was the first heritage building in B.C. to receive legal protection for its interior features.
Defining Elements
Key elements that define the heritage character of Overlynn Mansion include its: - prominent corner location on a steep sloping site in the Vancouver Heights neighbourhood - views to Burrard Inlet and the North Shore mountains - residential form, scale and massing as exemplified by its grand two-storey plus basement height and irregular plan - British Arts and Crafts elements such as the rubble-stone granite masonry on the ground floor and foundation level, and decorative half-timbering and rough-cast stucco on the upper storey - compound hipped bell-cast roof, clad with cedar shingles, with shed dormers at the rear - subtle battering of ground floor and foundation level stonework - porte-cochere with hipped roof and battered granite piers - wood-clad projecting bay extensions - irregular fenestration: double-hung 6-over-1 wooden-sash windows; multi-pane casement wooden windows with multi-pane transoms; diamond leaded casement windows; and banks of stained glass windows - five tall rubble-stone granite block stone chimneys - interior features such as the oak, cedar and Yaka (Australian mahogany) panelled walls, oak panelling and staircase walls inlaid with ebony, ivory and brass, stenciled canvas friezes, wooden dadoes and plaster walls, encaustic floor tiles, Australian gumwood floors, oak panelled doors with art glass, oak beamed ceiling with stucco panels, cast plaster vaulted hall and living room ceilings, sterling silver light fixtures including a chandelier and scones, nickel-plated newel light, brass Art Nouveau styled ceiling light, brass stair carpet poles and locks, built-in bookcases and buffet, fireplace with encaustic tiles and fire dogs, imported Medmenham fireplace tiles (the earliest known use outside of the United Kingdom), fireplace mantel with green tile and cast iron firebox, and inglenook fireplace with encaustic tiles and carved mantel and brass fireplace insert - landscape features such as the granite gate posts and iron entrance gate, granite posts and iron fence, granite garden wall, sandstone garden steps, sandstone and iron sundial, granite and concrete terraces adjacent to the house, configuration of pathways and sandstone steps including the front access road, mature deciduous and coniferous tree stock including a Monkey Puzzle Tree and pruned shrubbery throughout the site
Historic Neighbourhood
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Burnaby Heights Area
Person
Charles J. Peter
Organization
G.F. and J. Galt Limited
Architect
Samuel Maclure
Cecil Croker Fox
Function
Primary Historic--Estate
Primary Current--Multiple Dwelling
Community
Burnaby
Cadastral Identifier
004-943-295
Boundaries
Overlynn Mansion is a part of a single institutional lot located at 3755 McGill Street, Burnaby.
Area
7912.77
Contributing Resource
Building
Ownership
Private
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3755 McGill Street
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
Images
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1930]
Collection/Fonds
Action Line Housing Society collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : hand-tited col. ; 9.5 x 14.5 cm print
Item No.
301-001
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of "Overlynn", built by Charles J. Peter in 1909. Charles J. Peter was the manager of G.F. & J. Galt Company, and he pioneered the development of the Vancouver Heights area in North Burnaby, as he believed that it was one of the most picturesque districts in Greater Vancouver. Peter deve…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1930]
Collection/Fonds
Action Line Housing Society collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
301-001
Accession Number
BHS992-42
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : hand-tited col. ; 9.5 x 14.5 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of "Overlynn", built by Charles J. Peter in 1909. Charles J. Peter was the manager of G.F. & J. Galt Company, and he pioneered the development of the Vancouver Heights area in North Burnaby, as he believed that it was one of the most picturesque districts in Greater Vancouver. Peter developed his own beautiful estate with the hope that this would be an incentive to lure buyers to the subdivision. The house remained as the Peter home until 1936, when the estate was sold to the Sisters of Charity of Halifax, a Catholic order which had moved to Vancouver Heights in 1927 to operate a school. The mansion became their convent and new girls' school known as Seton Academy. The mansion's original conservatory was demolished and a two-storey addition was constructed. In 1970 when the school closed, Overlynn was purchased by Action Line Housing Society which developed the senior's development on the property. It was designated by Burnaby Council in 1995 and was the first heritage building in B.C. to have its interior features protected.
Subjects
Buildings - Heritage
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3755 McGill Street
Burnaby - McGill Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Burnaby Heights Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1985
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.5 x 17.5 cm
Item No.
398-006
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Overlynn house at 3755 McGill Street, North Burnaby. This home was built by Charles J. Peter in 1909 and is now a protected heritage site in Burnaby.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1985
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
398-006
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.5 x 17.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Overlynn house at 3755 McGill Street, North Burnaby. This home was built by Charles J. Peter in 1909 and is now a protected heritage site in Burnaby.
Subjects
Buildings - Heritage
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3755 McGill Street
Burnaby - McGill Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Burnaby Heights Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1920 and 1925] (date of original), copied [2000]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 15.2 cm print
Item No.
438-001
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the house known as Overlynn on McGill Street. This house was built by Charles J. Peter in 1909. Charles J. Peter was the manager of G.F. & J. Galt Company, and he pioneered the development of the Vancouver Heights area in North Burnaby, as he believed that it was one of the most pict…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[between 1920 and 1925] (date of original), copied [2000]
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Historical Society Community Archives Collection
Series
Burnaby Historical Society Photograph Collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
438-001
Accession Number
BHS2007-4
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10 x 15.2 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the house known as Overlynn on McGill Street. This house was built by Charles J. Peter in 1909. Charles J. Peter was the manager of G.F. & J. Galt Company, and he pioneered the development of the Vancouver Heights area in North Burnaby, as he believed that it was one of the most picturesque districts in Greater Vancouver. Peter developed his own beautiful estate with the hope that this would be an incentive to lure buyers to the subdivision. The house remained as the Peter home until 1936, when the estate was sold to the Sisters of Charity of Halifax, a Catholic order which had moved to Vancouver Heights in 1927 to operate a school. The mansion became their convent and new girls' school known as Seton Academy. The mansion's original conservatory was demolished and a two-storey addition was constructed. In 1970 when the school closed, Overlynn was purchased by Action Line Housing Society which developed the senior's development on the property. It was designated by Burnaby Council in 1995 and was the first heritage building in B.C. to have its interior features protected.
Subjects
Buildings - Heritage
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
In some sources, this home is referred to as the "Esmond House."
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3755 McGill Street
Burnaby - McGill Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Burnaby Heights Area
Images
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House near Esmond and Trinity

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto78916
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 5, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Item No.
556-032
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph shows Overlynn, the Charles J. Peter house located near Esmond Avenue and Tritinty Street with a view of Seton Villa Rest Home in the background.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 5, 1976
Collection/Fonds
Burnaby Public Library Contemporary Visual Archive Project
Description Level
Item
Item No.
556-032
Accession Number
2013-13
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 11 x 16 cm mounted on cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph shows Overlynn, the Charles J. Peter house located near Esmond Avenue and Tritinty Street with a view of Seton Villa Rest Home in the background.
Photographer
Carr
Vardeman
Subjects
Buildings - Heritage
Names
Seton Villa
Notes
Scope note taken directly from BPL photograph description.
1 b&w copy negative : 10 x 12.5 cm accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3755 McGill Street
Burnaby - McGill Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Burnaby Heights Area
Images
Less detail
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