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Arthur and Charlotte Green House - 1910 by Bob_2006 on Flickr.
335 Pine Street, New Westminster, BC.
This lovely 1910 house was built in the Classic Box or Prairie Box Style more commonly referred to as the American Foursquare. (In fact,it has that rare commodity in most homes—four good-sized bedrooms on the second floor!) The house features a low-pitched, hipped roof , hipped dormer, heavy roof lines and wide eaves, an open porch with classic columns, cornice line brackets with Italianate styling projecting rectangular second-story bays, wood casement windows and stained glass – some original and some newly designed to match the original. The exterior is covered by clapboard and shingles divided between the stories by a wide band of trim, emphasizing the horizontal. But this hasn’t always been the case.
Indeed, the current owners, who purchased the home in 1991, were faced with the daunting task of restoring a home that was covered in vinyl siding and whose porch had been filled in. The owners had seen its potential after viewing old photos of what had been a fine home built as a display model by the Western Home Improvement Company of New Westminster, as part of a sub-division of approximately seven homes in the immediate area. (There was eventually 18 such homes in the Royal City.) The company’s idea was to build quality, affordable home near the Interurban Tram Line. Pine Street (note its expanse) was one of the turn-arounds for the tramcars in New Westminster. The owners can take pride in successfully returning this home to its original feel while providing all the modern conveniences. The vinyl has been removed and the pillared porch revealed, the roof shingled with cedar shakes, and the exterior painted in “true colours” of the period. The easy care lot has been landscaped and boasts a quaint picket fence.
Inside this bright home, first notice the spacious entryway with its wainscotting and bench seat. Check out the refinsihed fir and inlaid oak floors (boasting rare 14- to 16-foot length planks). Ghastly cedar panelling had been removed from the walls at either end of the large parlour and living room area to reveal the original door mouldings. A period correct mantle has been installed in the parlour area. The kitchen has been pleasingly reconfigured and now features maple cabinetry stained a ginger colour. Note that the cupboard glass fronts were made to look original through their use of new glass with the
“wavy” texture found in homes of this vintage. Then go upstairs to view the master bedroom with its his-and-hers closet. Note the original diamond windows. Down the hall is a water closet and separate bathroom. All in all, this home is once again a lovely example of what was the average middle-class home of its day.
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