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Hill House

9992 240 Street, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, V2W, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2000/07/11

Exterior of the Hill House, view from the west, 1970s; Maple Ridge Museum and Archives, P01524
Front elevation
Exterior of the Hill House, view from the west, 2003; District of Maple Ridge, 2003
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Other Name(s)

n/a

Links and documents

Construction Date(s)

1912/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/11/09

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Hill House is a two-storey Edwardian wood frame farmhouse with a large wraparound verandah and corner turret. It is located near the commercial centre of the Albion neighbourhood, in Maple Ridge.

Heritage Value

Hill House is valued as a unique local example of an Edwardian-era farmhouse, built for Henry Hill in 1912 by local Finnish contractor Victor Rossi. It is a sophisticated residential design, especially within the context of the rural farming community of Albion. Features such as the large verandah, corner turret and asymmetrical plan highlight the Edwardian architecture of the building and exemplify the house's prominence within this once remote region of Maple Ridge.

As one of the largest and most distinguished homes in Albion, Hill House was valued as a highly recognizable local landmark, and was originally sited atop a prominent rise to the east side of the main local north-south road. The house is still valued for its landmark character although relocated in 2001, altering its original site orientation. Despite the relocation, the house still remains on a portion of its original property and retains its associative value with the area. It reflects the agricultural roots of the community and the many successful farming families that settled throughout Albion, which established the area as one of the important farming communities in Maple Ridge. The community spirit fostered by the effort to conserve and relocate the house is also a valued part of the story of Hill House.

Hill House is particularly valued within the rapidly changing context of Albion. A reminder of the area's modest origins and rural history of the area, the historic character of Hill House now stands in contrast to the new residential development in the neighbourhood.

Source: Planning Department, District of Maple Ridge

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of Hill House include its:
- location on its original property
- form, scale and massing
- square floor plan
- bellcast octagonal corner turret
- bellcast pyramidal roof
- wraparound "clamshell" verandah with twinned columns
- double-hung 1-over-1 wooden sash windows
- original wooden siding, currently obscured by asbestos shingles
- surviving interior features including wood panelling, lath and plaster walls, wood floors, and door and window trim

Recognition

Jurisdiction

British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

Recognition Date

2000/07/11

Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

2001/01/01 to 2001/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land
Settlement

Function - Category and Type

Current

Residence
Single Dwelling

Historic

Architect / Designer

n/a

Builder

Victor Rossi

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, District of Maple Ridge

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier

DhRp-73

Status

Published

Related Places

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