267 Hastings Avenue, Penticton, British Columbia, Canada
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Statement of Significance
Description of Historic Place
The Robb House is a two-storey, side-gabled vernacular house built in 1916 in Penticton, British Columbia.
The Robb House has historic value for its association with the industrial centre which sprung up in this area of Penticton after the construction of the Kettle Valley Railroad. The house was built for C.H. Robb, who was from a lumber milling family that originally come to Okanagan Falls from Ontario, and then moved to Penticton in 1911.
Built in 1916, the Robb House is a good example of vernacular architecture from a period of rapid growth in Penticton. The form is reminiscent of the Ontario farmhouse. This style features a two-storey, side-gabled frame structure with a secondary cross-gable in the centre of the façade. The front door is centered and two double-hung windows are arranged symmetrically above. There is a full porch across the entrance façade. In 1916 the Penticton Herald reports that "Harry Robb, owner of the Okanagan Falls mill, and head of the Okanagan Falls Lumber Co., has gone to Penticton to take charge of a large planer for the Penticton Lumber Company." This coincides with the construction date of the Robb House in Penticton.
Architecturally, the house is also important because it retains its original exterior features, including the use of decorative saw-tooth shingles in the gables, the use of drop siding as the exterior cladding, and survival of the original double-hung windows and turned porch rails.
SOURCE: City of Penticton Civic File
Key elements that define the heritage character of the Robb House include its:
-simple side-gabled form
-central cross-gable with returned eaves
-central entry with two double-hung windows above
-porch extending across the front façade
-original cladding including the drop siding, double hung windows, and decorative saw-tooth shingles in the gables
Local Governments (BC)
Local Government Act, s.954
Community Heritage Register
Theme - Category and Type
- Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
- Architecture and Design
- Peopling the Land
Function - Category and Type
- Single Dwelling
Architect / Designer
Location of Supporting Documentation
City of Penticton Civic File
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