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James & Agnes Smith Residence

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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
6186 Royal Oak Avenue
Description
Residential building.
Associated Dates
1907
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
6186 Royal Oak Avenue
Associated Dates
1907
Description
Residential building.
Heritage Value
During the Edwardian era, the western provinces were experiencing unprecedented population growth, and in response, in 1904 the Vancouver-based B.C. Mills, Timber and Trading Company patented a modular prefabricated building system that could be adapted to provide everything from modest one-room cottages to churches, schools and banks. Wall panels were assembled from the short mill ends of lumber and siding, until then just waste material that piled up in the millyard. These panels were bolted together on site, with the joints between the panels covered by distinctive vertical battens. Wall panels were assembled at the mill, pre-painted, and packaged with the other components and the instructions necessary to assemble the building. The disassembled building was then shipped to the waiting customer. As western settlements became established, labour and materials were more freely available and local construction companies could be more competitive in their costs. By 1910, this prefabricated system was rendered obsolete. The Smith Residence is a beautifully-preserved example of a B.C. Mills house, and is one of the models that featured a gambrel roof and a full open front verandah. This house was built by local contractor Mr. MacLean for James Smith, a ship’s engineer on the Empress of Japan, and his wife, Agnes. Agnes Smith continued to live here after her husband’s death and sold the house and property in the late 1920s with two of the acres being purchased by her daughter, Grace and husband Henry Pletcher to build a neighbouring house.
Locality
Central Park
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Oakalla Area
Area
1147.85
Contributing Resource
Building
Ownership
Private
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 6186 Royal Oak Avenue
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
Images
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1907]
Collection/Fonds
Grace Pletcher collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10.0 x 14.0 cm mounted on 17.7 x 22.cm cardboard
Item No.
137-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the exterior of the James Smith house, 6186 Royal Oak Avenue. A woman and two girls are seated on the porch stairs. The accession description states that the house is a B.C. Mills Prefab erected in 1907 by Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1907]
Collection/Fonds
Grace Pletcher collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
137-001
Accession Number
BHS985-6
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 10.0 x 14.0 cm mounted on 17.7 x 22.cm cardboard
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of the exterior of the James Smith house, 6186 Royal Oak Avenue. A woman and two girls are seated on the porch stairs. The accession description states that the house is a B.C. Mills Prefab erected in 1907 by Mr. and Mrs. Smith.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Annotations on the back of the cardboard read, "With love from Agnes" and "Mrs H Rolfe / Charles Rd. / South Portland / Maine."
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Royal Oak Road
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - 6186 Royal Oak Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Windsor Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1960] (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Item No.
204-310
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Smith family home at 6186 Royal Oak Road. Although this photograph was taken in the 1960s, this was one of the first houses built on Royal Oak, in 1907. This was the home of James Smith and his wife, Agnes Smith (nee Taylor). They had four children: Grace Smith (later Grace Pletc…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1960] (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
Pioneer Tales files
Description Level
Item
Item No.
204-310
Accession Number
BHS988-3
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of the Smith family home at 6186 Royal Oak Road. Although this photograph was taken in the 1960s, this was one of the first houses built on Royal Oak, in 1907. This was the home of James Smith and his wife, Agnes Smith (nee Taylor). They had four children: Grace Smith (later Grace Pletcher), Bob Smith, Warden Smith, and Ada Smith. It was a BC Mill Timber and Trading Co. prefabricated house originally built in BC and shipped to this site.
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Names
British Columbia Mills Timber and Trading Company
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Royal Oak Road
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - 6186 Royal Oak Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Windsor Area
Images
Less detail

Ada Smith and her friend

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1920] (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Item No.
204-313
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of (right) Ada Smith and an unidentified friend. Ada was the daughter of James Smith and Agnes Smith, and lived in one of the first homes built at 6186 Royal Oak Road. This photograph was probably taken in the back yard of the family home.
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1920] (date of original), copied 1986
Collection/Fonds
Mayor's Office fonds
Series
Pioneer Tales files
Description Level
Item
Item No.
204-313
Accession Number
BHS988-3
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12.7 x 17.8 cm print
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of (right) Ada Smith and an unidentified friend. Ada was the daughter of James Smith and Agnes Smith, and lived in one of the first homes built at 6186 Royal Oak Road. This photograph was probably taken in the back yard of the family home.
Names
Smith, Ada
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Royal Oak Road
Burnaby - Royal Oak Avenue
Burnaby - 6186 Royal Oak Avenue
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Windsor Area
Images
Less detail
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