Tynehead Community Hall
9568 168th Street, Surrey, British Columbia, V4N, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Tynehead Community Hall is a modest vernacular one-storey structure, with a gabled roof and simple ornamentation. Located in the Surrey community of Tynehead, it is located near the south east corner of 168th Street and 96th Avenue, north of the Tynehead Regional Park.
The Tynehead Community Hall is significant for its association with the development of the Tynehead and Anniedale neighbourhoods, settled in the 1860s by the Bothwell brothers, who pre-empted land along one of the first roads in the area, the Coast Meridian Road (168th Street), near the headwaters of the Serpentine River. Surveyed in 1859, the Coast Meridian was defined by the meridian of longitude closest to the Pacific coast at the 49th parallel. Settlement occurred as logging, farming and fishing developed in the area.
The Tynehead Community Hall is valued for its association with many of the early settlers of the area. The Hall was built to serve the social and community functions of the area's pioneering families. The hall reflects the small size of the early community in its simple rectangular plan and limited ornamentation. It provided the community with a meeting and social space and became a prominent social hub. Links continue between the original settlers and their descendents who have used the Tynehead Hall for their annual reunion since 1952.
The Hall is also valued as the second oldest community hall in Surrey, after the Loyal Orange Lodge 1471 in Surrey Centre. Demonstrating the initiative of settlers in the area, and the need for common and permanent community space, the original hall was built in 1907, on land donated by Thomas Bothwell through an initiative of the Orangemen of the Loyal Orange Lodge 1471 at Surrey Centre. Its open interior retains its original floor and wainscotting and has large prominent windows along the long side of the hall. Symmetrical in plan, the interior would have been ideal for meetings, performances, and social gatherings of the community and has remained in active community use for a century.
Source: Heritage Planning Files, City of Surrey
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Tynehead Community Hall include its:
- form, scale, and massing
- front gabled roof
- hipped roof entry vestibule
- drop siding under later stucco siding
- large windows in main hall
- wooden floor and wainscotting of main hall
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.967
Theme - Category and Type
- Building Social and Community Life
- Community Organizations
Function - Category and Type
- Recreation Centre
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
Heritage Planning Files, City of Surrey
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