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J.A. Thurston House 'Altese'

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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Civic Address
3762 Thurston Street
Description
The J.A. Thurston House is a very large, two and one-half storey plus basement wood-frame Arts and Crafts style house. It is located on the south side of Thurston Street, near Kingsway and the SkyTrain (formerly the interurban tramline route), within the Metrotown area of Burnaby and is now part of…
Associated Dates
1912
Formal Recognition
Heritage Designation, Community Heritage Register
Other Names
John A. & Sarah Thurston House
Street View URL
Google Maps Street View
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Repository
Burnaby Heritage Planning
Other Names
John A. & Sarah Thurston House
Civic Address
3762 Thurston Street
Associated Dates
1912
Formal Recognition
Heritage Designation, Community Heritage Register
Enactment Type
Bylaw No. 9934
Enactment Date
09/08/1993
Description
The J.A. Thurston House is a very large, two and one-half storey plus basement wood-frame Arts and Crafts style house. It is located on the south side of Thurston Street, near Kingsway and the SkyTrain (formerly the interurban tramline route), within the Metrotown area of Burnaby and is now part of a large apartment complex.
Heritage Value
The J.A. Thurston House demonstrates Burnaby's real estate and construction boom along the interurban tramline in 1911. The house was built for John Albert Thurston (1874-1944) and his wife Sarah Sedona Thurston (1879-1961). Typical of the entrepreneurial spirit of the age, John Thurston, a manager for the Leckie Shoe Company Limited in Vancouver, was also involved in real estate development, and purchased a twenty-one lot subdivision consisting of 3.2 hectares bound by the interurban tramline right-of-way to the south, Boundary Road to the west and Smith Street (now Thurston Street) to the north. Additionally, the J.A. Thurston House is an excellent, high quality example of an Arts and Crafts style dwelling, with numerous notable design elements such as the battered piers, the elaborate second storey dormer and stained glass windows with landscape and seascape motifs. The enormous scale of the house reflects a time when large families were common and domestic servants were needed to run the household. Indicative of the labour-saving devices and luxury features being introduced at the high end of the housing market, it was equipped with a built-in vacuum system, refrigeration, servant summoning devices and a round safe built into a fireplace mantle. The J.A. Thurston House also represents the proliferation during the Edwardian era of homes built from pattern books and standardized designs as a means to expedite the construction process and offer competitive costs.
Defining Elements
Key elements that define the heritage character of the J.A. Thurston House include its: - location on Thurston Street, in the old Central Park district - residential form, scale and massing as exemplified by its two and one-half storey plus above-ground basement height and regular, rectangular plan - Arts and Crafts style details such as the picturesque roofline, deep open eaves with exposed purlins, narrow lapped wooden siding on the first storey and cedar shingle siding on the upper storeys - broad and unusually steep side gabled roof, clad with cedar shingles - deeply-recessed full open front verandah with complementary recessed balcony in second storey dormer, incorporating both a gabled roof and shed roof - twinned and triple square bracketed columns on the verandahs and balcony - decorative battered verandah piers, supported on exposed beams - irregular fenestration, including: double-hung wooden-sash windows; picture windows; casement windows; and several stained glass windows with landscape and seascape motifs - tall brick external chimney on east facade - original interior features such as fireplaces, and wooden trim and floors
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Garden Village Area
Person
John Albert Thurston
Sarah Thurston
Function
Primary Historic--Single Dwelling
Primary Current--Single Dwelling
Community
Burnaby
Cadastral Identifier
018-224-113
Boundaries
The J.A. Thurston House is comprised of a single residential lot located at 3762 Thurston Street, Burnaby.
Area
3880
Contributing Resource
Building
Ownership
Private
Geographic Access
Burnaby - 3762 Thurston Street
Street View URL
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Images
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1917
Collection/Fonds
Pitman Family collection
Description Level
Item
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6.5 x 10.7 cm
Item No.
186-009
Storage Location
AV Storage
Scope and Content
Photograph of Mrs. W.H. Hoyt, seated outside 4339 Kinnee Avenue (later renumbered and renamed 4147 Beresford Street). An annotation on the back of the photograph reads, "Mrs. W.H. Hoyt 1917 / 4339 Kinnee Ave, Burnaby B.C. / Her one and only home for 53 years. Feb 17th to Dec 24th 1970."
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Repository
City of Burnaby Archives
Date
1917
Collection/Fonds
Pitman Family collection
Description Level
Item
Item No.
186-009
Accession Number
BHS986-35
Storage Location
AV Storage
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 6.5 x 10.7 cm
Media Type
Photograph
Access Restriction
No restrictions
Reproduction Restriction
No known restrictions
Scope and Content
Photograph of Mrs. W.H. Hoyt, seated outside 4339 Kinnee Avenue (later renumbered and renamed 4147 Beresford Street). An annotation on the back of the photograph reads, "Mrs. W.H. Hoyt 1917 / 4339 Kinnee Ave, Burnaby B.C. / Her one and only home for 53 years. Feb 17th to Dec 24th 1970."
Names
Hoyt, Mrs. W.H.
Notes
Title based on contents of photograph
Geographic Access
Burnaby - Kinnee Street
Burnaby - Beresford Street
Burnaby - 4147 Beresford Street
Historic Neighbourhood
Central Park (Historic Neighbourhood)
Planning Study Area
Maywood Area
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