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Frederick & Edna Cunningham House

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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
3555 Douglas Road
Description
Set back from Douglas Road, the Frederick and Edna Cunningham House is a picturesque wood-frame one and one-half storey British Arts and Crafts-style residence, clad with rough-cast stucco and featuring half-timbering in the gable ends. Set far back on a large east-sloping site in a mature landscap…
Associated Dates
1923
Formal Recognition
Heritage Designation, Community Heritage Register
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
3555 Douglas Road
Associated Dates
1923
Formal Recognition
Heritage Designation, Community Heritage Register
Enactment Type
Bylaw No. 10470
Enactment Date
04/11/1996
Description
Set back from Douglas Road, the Frederick and Edna Cunningham House is a picturesque wood-frame one and one-half storey British Arts and Crafts-style residence, clad with rough-cast stucco and featuring half-timbering in the gable ends. Set far back on a large east-sloping site in a mature landscape setting, it is located in the Douglas Road neighbourhood located in the central valley of Burnaby.
Heritage Value
Considered a landmark in the Douglas Road neighbourhood, the Cunningham House is valued as a good example of a British Arts and Crafts-style residence. The house blends into its surroundings, which are extensively landscaped with rockeries, lawns, shrubs, trees and perennial beds. The two majestic copper beech trees, over 60 years old, are among the best specimens of their type to be found in Greater Vancouver and are protected under covenant. The Cunningham property is significant as one of the last estate homes remaining on the old Douglas Road, at one time noted for its beautiful estates set within the rural character of Burnaby’s Central Valley. Insurance agent Frederick Woodman Cunningham (1882-1963) and his wife, Edna Elizabeth Cunningham (1884-1982), built this country residence in 1923. Fred was the only son of James Cunningham, a pioneer of New Westminster who arrived in 1862 and served as the City’s Mayor from 1872 to 1874. The landmark flagpole that once stood in the garden was moved to this site when Fred Cunningham's prestigious family home in New Westminster at Third Avenue and Seventh Street was demolished in 1938. Kept within the family until 1982 and largely maintained in its original condition, the Cunningham House is an excellent example of one of Burnaby's best estate homes from the 1920s and was designated by the City of Burnaby in 1996.
Defining Elements
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Cunningham House include its: - location on Douglas Road, in Burnaby’s Central Valley - views from the property to the east and towards the North Shore - residential form, scale and massing as exemplified by its one and one-half storey height and rectangular plan - side gabled roof with front gabled dormer and cedar shingle cladding - British Arts and Crafts elements such as its rough-cast stucco, tapered porch columns, large eave brackets, exposed purlins and half-timbering - irregular fenestration including double-hung 1-over-1 wooden-sash windows, multi-pane wooden-sash casement windows and multiple-assembly windows in the gable ends - front entrance porch with shed roof - two internal red brick chimneys - early cedar-shingled garage at side of house - associated landscape features, including two landmark Copper beech trees and landscaped rockeries at the front of the property
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Person
Cunningham, Fred
Cunningham, Edna
Function
Primary Historic--Single Dwelling
Primary Current--Single Dwelling
Community
Burnaby
Cadastral Identifier
003-118-746
Boundaries
The Cunningham House is comprised of a single residential lot located at 3555 Douglas Road, Burnaby.
Area
4446.5
Contributing Resource
Building
Ownership
Private
Name Access
Cunningham, Fred
Cunningham, Edna
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3555 Douglas Road
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
Images
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Edna Cunningham with Kathleen Montgomery

https://search.heritageburnaby.ca/permalink/archivephoto80162
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1929 or 1930]
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm
Item No.
554-013
Scope and Content
Photograph of Edna Cunningham with a brush in her hand, kneeling beside Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery (later Green). This photograph was taken during Kathleen's stay at Fred and Edna Cunningham's house on Douglas Road.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1929 or 1930]
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
554-013
Accession Number
2013-14
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Edna Cunningham with a brush in her hand, kneeling beside Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery (later Green). This photograph was taken during Kathleen's stay at Fred and Edna Cunningham's house on Douglas Road.
Names
Green, Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery
Cunningham, Edna
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3555 Douglas Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Images
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Harold Carpenter with Kathleen

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1929
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 5.5 cm
Item No.
554-003
Scope and Content
Photograph of Harold Carpenter with his niece Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery (later Green) in his arms. Harold and Kathleen are in front of Fred and Edna Cunningham's house on Douglas Road (this house was given heritage designation by the City of Burnaby in 1996).
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1929
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
554-003
Accession Number
2013-14
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 5.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Harold Carpenter with his niece Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery (later Green) in his arms. Harold and Kathleen are in front of Fred and Edna Cunningham's house on Douglas Road (this house was given heritage designation by the City of Burnaby in 1996).
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Buildings - Heritage
Names
Carpenter, Harold
Green, Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in black ink on verso of photograph reads: "Harold at the Cunninghams with Kath"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3555 Douglas Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Images
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Kathleen Montgomery at the Cunningham's

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1929 or 1930]
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 5 x 7.5 cm
Item No.
554-011
Scope and Content
Photograph of Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery (later Green) sitting in a chair and making a face at the camera. This photograph was taken during her stay at Fred and Edna Cunningham's house on Douglas Road (this house was given heritage designation by the City of Burnaby in 1996).
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
[1929 or 1930]
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
554-011
Accession Number
2013-14
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 5 x 7.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery (later Green) sitting in a chair and making a face at the camera. This photograph was taken during her stay at Fred and Edna Cunningham's house on Douglas Road (this house was given heritage designation by the City of Burnaby in 1996).
Names
Green, Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in black pen on verso of photograph reads: "Kath at the Cunningham's"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3555 Douglas Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Images
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Kathleen with Punch the dog

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 1929
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 5.5 cm
Item No.
554-017
Scope and Content
Photograph of Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery (later Green) with the Cunningham family cocker spaniel 'Punch.' This photograph was taken at Fred and Edna Cunningham's property in Burnaby.
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
September 1929
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
554-017
Accession Number
2013-14
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 8 x 5.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery (later Green) with the Cunningham family cocker spaniel 'Punch.' This photograph was taken at Fred and Edna Cunningham's property in Burnaby.
Subjects
Animals - Dogs
Names
Green, Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in black ink on recto of photograph reads: "Pals! Punch + I '29"
Note in black ink on verso of photograph reads: "Our wee darlin' / Sept 1929 with Punch"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3555 Douglas Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Images
Less detail
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1944
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm
Item No.
554-002
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of (from left) Charles "Cleve" Cunningham, his wife Ruth Cunningham holding their son Fred "Freddie" Cunningham Jr, with Freddie's grandparents Edna Cunningham and Fred Cunningham on the right. The three generations of Cunninghams are standing in front of Fred and Edna Cunningham's house…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1944
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
554-002
Accession Number
2013-14
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of (from left) Charles "Cleve" Cunningham, his wife Ruth Cunningham holding their son Fred "Freddie" Cunningham Jr, with Freddie's grandparents Edna Cunningham and Fred Cunningham on the right. The three generations of Cunninghams are standing in front of Fred and Edna Cunningham's house on Douglas Road (this house was given heritage designation by the City of Burnaby in 1996).
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Buildings - Heritage
Names
Cunningham, Charles "Cleve"
Cunningham, Fred
Cunningham, Fred Jr "Freddy"
Cunningham, Ruth
Cunningham, Edna
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in pencil on verso of photograph reads: "Cleve / Fredie [sic] / Ruth / Auntie Ed / Onkie / Burnaby / 1920? / or /30?"
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3555 Douglas Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Images
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Green family visit to Burnaby

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
June 1962
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 5.5 x 5.5 cm
Item No.
554-021
Scope and Content
Photograph of a Green family visit to Fred and Edna Cunningham's property in Burnaby. Edna Cunningham is standing on the left, holding onto Janet Green in front, Marjorie (Carpenter) Montgomery is standing beside Edna, holding onto Barbara Green (later McBride), and Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" (Mon…
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
June 1962
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
554-021
Accession Number
2013-14
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 5.5 x 5.5 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of a Green family visit to Fred and Edna Cunningham's property in Burnaby. Edna Cunningham is standing on the left, holding onto Janet Green in front, Marjorie (Carpenter) Montgomery is standing beside Edna, holding onto Barbara Green (later McBride), and Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" (Montgomery) Green is standing on the right with her sons. Richard Greene is in Kathleen's arms and John Green is standing in front.
Names
Cunningham, Edna
Green, Janet
Montgomery, Marjorie Elizabeth Carpenter
McBride, Barbara Green
Greene, Richard
Green, John
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Stamp on recto of photograph reads: "Jun 62"
Note in pencil on verso of photograph reads: "Ed Cunningham / Marge / K + family / at Douglas Road Burnaby / Summer 1962"
Richard Greene legally changed the spelling of his last name from Green to Greene
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3555 Douglas Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Images
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Cunningham and Montgomery families

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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
August 1937
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm
Item No.
554-001
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of members of the Cunningham and Montgomery families standing in front of Fred and Edna Cunningham's house on Douglas Road (this house was given heritage designation by the City of Burnaby in 1996). Fred Cunningham Junior is standing at the back on the far left, Claire Carpenter is in fr…
  1 Image  
Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
August 1937
Collection/Fonds
Montgomery family fonds
Description Level
Item
Item No.
554-001
Accession Number
2013-14
Storage Location
A/V Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 7 x 12 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
May be restricted by third party rights
Scope and Content
Photograph of members of the Cunningham and Montgomery families standing in front of Fred and Edna Cunningham's house on Douglas Road (this house was given heritage designation by the City of Burnaby in 1996). Fred Cunningham Junior is standing at the back on the far left, Claire Carpenter is in front of him holding young Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery (later Green) at her waist. Marjorie Montgomery is behind and to the right of them both. Beside Kathleen is her sister Janet Montgomery (later Fernau). Fred Cunningham has his hand on Janet's shoulder with Harold Carpenter visible in behind Fred. Dot Clark is standing between Fred and his wife Edna Cunningham who has her head turned away from the camera. Elsepth Montgomery is to the right of Edna and Reg Clark is last, on the far right.
Photographer
Montgomery, Samuel Clifford "Monty"
Subjects
Buildings - Residences - Houses
Buildings - Heritage
Names
Cunningham, Edna
Cunningham, Fred
Cunningham, Fred Jr
Montgomery, Marjorie Elizabeth Carpenter
Carpenter, Claire
Green, Margery Kathleen "Kathleen" Montgomery
Fernau, Janet Elspeth Montgomery
Carpenter, Harold
Clark, Dot
Montgomery, Elsepth
Clark, Reg
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Note in pencil on verso of photograph reads: "3555 Douglas Road / 1979 - All gone except Auntie - / Kath - + Janet -"
1 duplicate (jpeg) accompanying
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3555 Douglas Road
Historic Neighbourhood
Burnaby Lake (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Douglas-Gilpin Area
Images
Less detail

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