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Leslie Residence

21695 River Road, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1997/05/27

Exterior view of the Leslie Residence, 2003; City of Maple Ridge, 2003
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Construction Date(s)

1925/01/01 to 1926/01/01

Listed on the Canadian Register: 2004/11/04

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Leslie Residence is a one-storey plus basement, finely detailed rectangular plan wood frame Craftsman bungalow located in the historic community of The Ridge. The building stands on a residential street and is fronted by a generous, mature, hedged garden.

Heritage Value

This house is a valuable record of the urban and social development of The Ridge, originally a rural area that gradually gave way to residential growth in the early years of the twentieth century, and became an area where people could build a home in a semi-rural setting. The historic community of The Ridge takes its name from the collection of maple trees that ran for two miles, high above the Fraser River on a ridge between Hammond and Port Haney. The early farming settlers in this area encouraged the incorporation of the City of Maple Ridge in 1874. As the nearby commercial centres of Port Haney and Hammond developed, The Ridge slowly developed between the two as a residential neighbourhood of modest family homes.

Built for Mr. and Mrs. J. Earl Leslie by contractors Bill White and Howard Leggatt in 1925-26, this house is valued as a good example of the Craftsman style, demonstrating its development at a local level through regional variations. Though not as ornate as many urban examples of the style, the house displays an adept handling of Craftsman detail and ornamentation. The Craftsman bungalow was often long and narrow, designed to suit the subdivided lots available in urban settings; here the house is designed to be wide and shallow, with a central front entry on the long side, reflective of the larger size of the lots in this semi-rural area. Built on a simple rectangular plan with one-storey massing, the house reflects the modest scale of 1920s residential development in Maple Ridge.

The Leslie Residence is complemented and enhanced by the surrounding homes along this portion of River Road with a similar setback from the road; together they constitute a residential grouping of the post-First World War era. The residence is also valued for its excellent exterior restoration and was the recipient of a local residential heritage award in 2003.

Source: Planning Department, City of Maple Ridge

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Leslie Residence include its:
- siting and orientation on the lot, set back in line with its neighbours and the street
- location in a semi-rural setting in The Ridge
- form, scale and massing
- side-gable roof with a generously proportioned gable-fronted porch
- shallow-pitched roof and deep eaves
- Craftsman bungalow design, with symmetrical massing and central entry on the long side of plan
- local variation in Craftsman details, structural elements and proportions
- expressed structural elements such as rafter tails and brackets
- exterior decorative features such as half-timbering over shingles and the dentil course in the porch gable
- large brackets on the porch and side gables
- multi-paned double-hung wooden sash windows, including large front windows with a geometrical muntin pattern
- surviving interior features such as wooden floors, decorative mouldings and plate rails, interior doors and plaster walls



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.967

Recognition Type

Heritage Designation

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Historical Information

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Theme - Category and Type

Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Single Dwelling


Architect / Designer



Bill White

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

Planning Department, City of Maple Ridge

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