20540 Lorne Avenue, Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Renstrom Residence is a vernacular wood frame, one-and-one-half storey dwelling, situated on a large corner lot in the community of Hammond.
The Renstrom Residence is valued as a working class home typical of Hammond in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when the community consisted mainly of industrial workers from the Port Hammond Lumber Company. As such, it has important associative values with the industrial origins of the settlement.
The community of Hammond is characterized by its relationship to the commercial and industrial activity that occurred in the area. The opportunities provided by the junction of water and rail transportation at Port Hammond provided a natural draw for the lumber industry in the early twentieth century. Many immigrant groups and individuals, attracted by the lumber mill's demand for labour, settled their families in the affordable homes in the townsite of Hammond. The association of the community to industry is valued because of the small number of historic industrial sites remaining in Maple Ridge. Noted for its growth relative to that of the company, the connection between community and industry creates a unique pattern of expansion in the community.
This house was built for V.E. Renstrom. The architectural detail found on the house is an excellent example of the desire to distinguish the appearance of individual residences. In a community where everyone worked and lived together, often in company-built housing, individuality of expression could have been an important social distinction for the members of the community.
Source: Planning Department, City of Maple Ridge
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Renstrom Residence include its:
- location in proximity to the nearby Port Hammond Lumber Company
- form, scale and massing
- exterior design elements such as the single tapered porch column and pier at the front, double-hung, multi-paned wooden-sash windows and two stained glass piano windows
- exterior decorative elements such as the twinned coursed lapped wooden siding, the shingled gables, and the combed-brick chimney
- landscape elements such as a mature tree and grassed yard
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Planning Department, City of Maple Ridge
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