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Old House Restaurant

1760 Riverside Lane, Courtenay, British Columbia, V9N, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2009/08/04

Old House Restaurant; City of Courtenay, 2009
Front facade, 2009
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Other Name(s)

Old House Restaurant
Kirk Residence

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2009/11/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Old House Restaurant is an eclectic wooden-clad, two-storey gabled-roof building situated on its original lot at 1760 Riverside Lane. The house overlooks the Courtenay River and includes landscaping, which features gardens, mature trees, shrubbery, and a gazebo.

Heritage Value

The significance of the Old House Restaurant lies in its aesthetic and historical values, particularly for its architecture, setting, landscaping, and its association with the Kirk Family.

The Old House Restaurant is valued as an eclectic example of Arts and Crafts architecture in Courtenay built during the city’s first post-war expansion. The house features locally-produced wood construction with masonry detailing. Constructed in 1938 as a residence for the Kirk family and converted to a restaurant in 1975, the restaurant is built in an attractive cottage style, and is prominently situated overlooking the Courtenay River.

Additionally, the Old House Restaurant is valued for its magnificent setting overlooking the Courtenay River and its outstanding landscaping which features several gardens, species of mature trees including weeping willow, spruce and oak, shrubbery, and a decorative cedar-shingled gazebo that is sympathetically designed to match the architectural character of the restaurant.

The historic value of the Old House Restaurant lies in its association with the Kirk Family, the original occupants of the building and prominent members of the community. Geoff Kirk operated a highly successful oil business from the dock of his riverfront property, while Kath Kirk initiated the ‘Mile of Flowers’ campaign in 1969, now a renowned annual event in Courtenay, which draws over a thousand volunteers to plant flowers along the mile-long Cliffe Avenue corridor.

Source: City of Courtenay Planning Department

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements which define the heritage character of Old House Restaurant include its:

Site and Setting
- prominent setting adjacent to the Courtenay River

Architectural Features
- residential form, scale and massing, expressed by its two-storey plus basement height, and rectangular plan
- medium-pitched gable ends with central front dormer
- substantial exposed interior timber frame
- paired projecting bays on the front façade
- elements that reflect the buildings Arts and Crafts style, including wood-shingle siding and roof, projecting eaves with exposed rafters, grouped windows, and shed roofs over windows on the rear façade
- evidence of masonry influences, including: multiple brick internal and external chimneys, brick facing at the rear facade, and brick walkway

Landscape Features
- extensive gardens, featuring several mature species of trees, including oak, spruce and willow, shrubbery and a wood-shingled gazebo
- evidence of pilings in the Courtenay River that reflect the historic uses of the property



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Eating or Drinking Establishment


Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Courtenay Planning Department

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