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Angus & Margaret MacDonald House

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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
3814 Oxford Street
Description
Set on a large corner lot at North Esmond Avenue and Oxford Street, the Angus & Margaret MacDonald House is a prominent, two and one-half storey Queen Anne Revival-style residence. The high hipped roof has open projecting gables. The house is a landmark within the Vancouver Heights neighbourhood of…
Associated Dates
1909
Formal Recognition
Heritage Designation, Community Heritage Register
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
3814 Oxford Street
Associated Dates
1909
Formal Recognition
Heritage Designation, Community Heritage Register
Enactment Type
Bylaw No. 12174
Enactment Date
11/12/2006
Description
Set on a large corner lot at North Esmond Avenue and Oxford Street, the Angus & Margaret MacDonald House is a prominent, two and one-half storey Queen Anne Revival-style residence. The high hipped roof has open projecting gables. The house is a landmark within the Vancouver Heights neighbourhood of North Burnaby, on a high point of land overlooking Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains.
Heritage Value
The MacDonald House is valued as one of Burnaby’s most elaborate examples of the Queen Anne Revival style. The house retains many of its original features, including a prominent front corner turret wrapped by a clamshell verandah. The eclectic and transitional nature of Edwardian-era architecture is demonstrated by the late persistence of these Queen Anne Revival details, combined with the use of newly-popular classical revival elements such as Ionic columns. The interior retains a number of original architectural elements, and the early garage at the rear originally housed Angus MacDonald’s Cadillac, one of the first known automobiles owned by a Burnaby resident. Constructed in 1909, this house was built for Angus MacDonald (1857-1943) and his wife, Margaret Isabella Thompson MacDonald (1862-1939). Angus MacDonald, an electrical contractor, relocated from Nova Scotia to Vancouver in 1891 and served on Vancouver Council from 1904-08. The MacDonald family moved to Burnaby upon his retirement from the B.C. Electric Railway Company, and he then served the North Burnaby Ward as a councillor from 1911-1916 and again in 1921. MacDonald Street in Burnaby was named in his honour. The MacDonald House has additional significance as one of the surviving landmark residences, built between 1909 and 1914, during the first development of Vancouver Heights. In 1909, C.J. Peter and his employer, G.F. and J. Galt Limited, initiated the development of this North Burnaby neighbourhood, promoting it as one of the most picturesque districts in the region 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. Reputed to be the second house built in the subdivision, this house cost $7,000 to build.
Defining Elements
Key elements that define the heritage character of the MacDonald House include its: - prominent corner location in the Vancouver Heights neighbourhood, with views to Burrard Inlet and the North Shore Mountains - residential form, scale and massing as exemplified by its two and one-half storey height, full basement, compound plan, and high hipped roof with gabled projections at the front and side - wood-frame construction including wooden lapped siding, trim and mouldings - rubble-stone granite foundation - Queen Anne Revival details such as scroll-cut modillions, octagonal corner turret, wraparound, clamshell verandah with classical columns, and projecting square and semi-octagonal bays - external red-brick chimney with corbelled top - original windows including double-hung, 1-over-1 wooden sash windows in single and double assembly, and arched-top casement windows in the gable peaks - original interior features such as the main staircase, a panelled dining room with a fireplace and built-in cabinets, a living room with a parquet floor, and a rear den with an oak mantle and tiled hearth - associated early wood-frame garage at the rear of the property - landscape features such as mature coniferous and deciduous trees surrounding the property
Historic Neighbourhood
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Burnaby Heights Area
Person
Macdonald, Angus
C.J. Peter
Margaret Isabella Thompson MacDonald
Organization
British Columbia Mills Timber and Trading Company
Function
Primary Historic--Single Dwelling
Primary Current--Single Dwelling
Community
Vancouver Heights
Cadastral Identifier
P.I.D.011-999-462
Boundaries
The MacDonald House is comprised of a single residential lot located at 3814 Oxford Street, Burnaby.
Area
566.71
Contributing Resource
Building
Ownership
Private
Documentation
City of Burnaby Planning and Building Department, Heritage Site Files
Name Access
Macdonald, Angus
British Columbia Mills Timber and Trading Company
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3814 Oxford Street
Burnaby - 3804 Oxford Street
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
Images
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1930]
Collection/Fonds
North Burnaby Board of Trade fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 14.5 x 20.5 cm
Item No.
476-005
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Angus and Margaret MacDonald house located at Oxford Street and Esmond Avenue. The MacDonald House is one of Burnaby’s landmark residential heritage buildings and was built in 1909 as part of the exclusive subdivision known as “Vancouver Heights.” The family came to Vancouver fro…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1930]
Collection/Fonds
North Burnaby Board of Trade fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
476-005
Accession Number
BHS2005-8
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia ; 14.5 x 20.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Angus and Margaret MacDonald house located at Oxford Street and Esmond Avenue. The MacDonald House is one of Burnaby’s landmark residential heritage buildings and was built in 1909 as part of the exclusive subdivision known as “Vancouver Heights.” The family came to Vancouver from Nova Scotia in 1891 and Angus MacDonald, an electrical contractor, served as a Councillor for the City of Vancouver from 1904-1908. Upon his retirement from the B.C. Electric Railway Company, he moved to Burnaby and was a prominent resident serving his North Burnaby ‘Ward’ as a Burnaby Councillor between 1911 and 1916. MacDonald Street in Burnaby was named in his honour. This house which cost $7,000 to construct is reputed to have been the second house built in the Vancouver Heights subdivision. After the death of Margaret MacDonald in 1939 and Angus MacDonald in 1941, the MacDonald family sold the house in 1944 to local grocer John R. and Anne Roane. In 1956, the property was purchased by the late Dr. John Alex MacDonald and his wife Violet E. MacDonald.
Subjects
Buildings - Heritage
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Oxford Street
Burnaby - Esmond Avenue
Burnaby - 3804 Oxford Street
Burnaby - 3814 Oxford Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Vancouver Heights (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Burnaby Heights Area
Images
Less detail
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