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Fairacres Steam Plant

6344 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1992/11/23

Exterior view of Fairacres Steam Plant; City of Burnaby, 2003
View from south, 2003
View of adjacent greenhouse foundation; City of Burnaby, 2003
View from south, 2003
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Construction Date(s)

1907/01/01 to 1908/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2010/05/05

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

Designed in the British Arts and Crafts style, the Fairacres Steam Plant is a single-storey wood-frame building with a gabled roof that originally housed the apparatus for climate control in the greenhouse, formerly located to its north. The original rubblestone walls that formed the foundation for the greenhouse stand adjacent.

Heritage Value

The outbuildings at Fairacres are a rare surviving architecturally-designed ensemble of agricultural structures that exist in complementary harmony with the main estate house. Architect Robert Mackay Fripp (1858-1917), an outspoken advocate of Arts and Crafts design, was retained by the Ceperleys to design several original outbuildings on their estate.

The Ceperleys operated Fairacres with staff, a farm manager and workers, including Chinese, to grow produce for themselves and for sale at local markets. The Steam Plant illustrates the market gardening activity of the area around Deer Lake and its importance to the Ceperley family, which valued a year-round supply of fresh fruit and vegetables for the kitchen and flowers for the house. It also illustrates the cultural and aesthetic values of the Ceperleys in retaining an architect to design a functional outbuilding using an accepted and contemporary architectural style. Built in 1907-08, the Steam Plant was significantly altered in the 1960s and restored to its original design in 2000.

Source: City of Burnaby Planning and Building Department

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Fairacres Steam Plant include its:
- overall spatial arrangement of the Steam Plant in relation to the former greenhouse and the Root House
- side-gabled roof with cedar shingle cladding.
- tall brick chimney indicitive of the building's original function.
- distinctive Arts and Crafts architectural features, such as the shingle wall cladding with decorative shingling under window sills, deep eaves, and pebble-dashed concrete foundation walls
- six-paned wooden-sash casement windows
- simple functional interior features
- rubblestone walls that formed the foundation for the greenhouse



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.967

Recognition Type

Heritage Designation

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Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type




Architect / Designer

R. Mackay Fripp



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Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Burnaby Planning and Building Department

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