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Harrower House

21860 Old Yale Road, Langley, British Columbia, V3A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2003/04/28

Exterior view of the Harrower House, August 2003; Township of Langley, Julie MacDonald, 2003.
Front elevation
Context view of the Harrower House behind its neighbour the Lamb/Stirling House.; Township of Langley, Julie MacDonald, February 2004.
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Construction Date(s)

1908/01/01 to 1910/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/11/02

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.

Heritage Value

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

Character-Defining Elements

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



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

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Historical Information

Significant Date(s)


Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type



Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer




Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Langley Centennial Museum, heritage files See also: Langley Heritage Society.

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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