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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The George Little House is a large two-storey Craftsman Bungalow-style building of wood-frame construction, with a basement and an attic. There is a large, covered front veranda with wide stairs on the right-hand side that leads to the front door on the north façade. There is a back door on the south façade and two second floor dormers, one on the east façade and one on the west façade. A second storey door on the north façade, flanked by one large window and two smaller windows, leads to a small wood porch. This porch is directly above the front veranda. The building is currently located at the south end of Kalum Street, on the north side of the railroad tracks in Terrace, British Columbia.
The George Little House is valued for its association with the life of a person of local historical importance. George Little is referred to as the founder of Terrace. The house was built circa 1914 on his 160 acres of pre-empted land. In 1912, George Little had this pre-emption surveyed and registered to lay out the original Terrace townsite. George Little gave a portion of his original pre-emption to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, in order to secure a train station in the area, thus solidifying Terrace as a regional centre. The current location and use of the house is of particular significance and has historical importance, as it sits next to the railroad tracks on the original pre-emption and operates as a VIA Rail passenger station and tourism facility for the City of Terrace.
The George Little House is also valued as a symbol of the incorporation of northwestern BC into a larger global capitalist economy. It was built at a time when the local economy had been burgeoning due to external influences. Around 1911 there had been a boom in the regional economy, partially due to the construction of the railway. George Little had started the first mill in the area, a railroad tie and lumber mill, which would eventually establish Terrace as a primary industry town typical of many northern British Columbia communities. The railway not only provided jobs and established a new economy in the region, it also allowed for the export of trees and lumber. People were no longer as isolated in the north as they had been, and travel was easier, faster and more accessible. The wealth brought into the region as a result of these factors enabled George Little to build this large and elaborate home for his family.
This house is also valued for its historical architecture. This was the first 'grand' house built in Terrace and was one of the few houses in northern British Columbia that had both a furnace and a bathroom. These features, along with the fine craftsmanship and quality of both the exterior and interior of this home, illustrate the wealth that was being generated in the region. The continued maintenance of the exterior and interior architectural features indicates the high heritage value that the local community places on this structure.
Source: City of Terrace Planning Department
Key character-defining elements that contribute to the heritage value of the George Little House include its:
- wood construction, including wood exterior siding
- wide eaves with triangular brackets
- numerous windows, including leaded-glass windows, bay window and dormers
- wide and covered front veranda with thick, square columns and exposed roof rafters
- small uncovered front porch located over the front veranda entry
- open floor plan and historic woodwork, including the dark wood staircase, mouldings and doors, original wood floors and built-in cabinetry
- exterior paint scheme of white with black trim, similar to its original appearance
- location adjacent to the railway line and within the original pre-emption lands
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.967
Theme - Category and Type
- Developing Economies
- Trade and Commerce
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Office or office building
- Commerce / Commercial Services
- Station or Other Rail Facility
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Terrace Planning Department
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