21860 Old Yale Road, Langley, British Columbia, V3A, Canada
Links and documents
1908/01/01 to 1910/01/01
Listed on the Canadian Register:
Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Harrower House consists of a one and a half storey wood frame farm house situated on a single residential lot in the Murrayville area of Langley and next to the listed Lamb/Stirling House. This house is somewhat unusual in the area because the main entry and open verandah are situated on the length of the house rather than on the width.
The area of Murrayville is important because it is the second village centre to be created after Fort Langley. Called "Murray's Corners" at first, the settlement of this area began in 1874/5 when the Paul Murray family arrived and received crown grants of 160 acres on each corner of the New Westminster-Yale Road-Fort Langley Trail intersection. The name was changed to Murrayville about 1911, purportedly at the desire of the newly arrived post office, yet the distinctive five corner intersection at its centre remained known by its former name.
Built 1908-10, the Harrower House is recognized for its historical significance. It was part of an early public precinct which no longer exists, and it is on Old Yale Road which was the first main road through the area.
It is a fine example of a vernacular house of the early 20th Century in the Murrayville area and it represents the building and development stage of the community. The current landscape reflects the historic farm setting of the area and ties into the site of the neighbouring Lamb/Stirling House. Together they create a small yet accurate representation of early Murrayville as a pioneer community based on farming and one that grew up around early transportation routes.
Source: Langley Centennial Museum, heritage files
The character-defining elements of the Harrower House include:
Typical Farmsite Elements:
- Relation of house to site and street
- Simple, rectangular house design
- Use of local timber for main building materials
- Relationship with the neighbouring Lamb/Stirling House to create a small heritage character area
Architectural Interest Elements:
- Front entry and verandah run along the length rather than along the width of the house
- Open verandah running full length of front elevation
- Front door off-centre on left, with window and secondary door on the right
- Placement, number and design of windows on other three elevations
- Gabled roof with side gable over verandah
- Wood siding
- One chimney
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Langley Centennial Museum, heritage files
See also: Langley Heritage Society.
Cross-Reference to Collection