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Guy Richardson House

16940 Friesian Drive, Surrey, British Columbia, V3S, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1999/04/10

Exterior view of the Guy Richardson House, 2004; Donald Luxton and Associates, 2004
Oblique view
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Other Name(s)

Guy Richardson House
Richardson House

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/03/17

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Guy Richardson House is a one and one-half storey, plus basement, wood-frame Craftsman Bungalow style farmhouse, retained as part of a recent subdivision of single family homes in the west Cloverdale area of Surrey.

Heritage Value

The Guy Richardson House is valued for its long-time association with the Richardson family. Guy C. Richardson (1890-1979) was the second generation to operate this property as a dairy farm. He built this house and added a cow barn and cleared several hectares for a pasture. Guy Richardson was active in the Fraser Valley Milk Producers Association and the Surrey Co-op. In the 1950s, Guy began to raise beef cattle, an operation which his son Lance, the third generation of Richardsons to live on the property, turned into a feedlot in 1972.

Architecturally, the Guy Richardson House is valued as an example of the popular Period Revival influences of the time, and reflects the late persistence of the British Arts and Crafts style. The house has associated period landscape features planned by Lucy Richardson. It is also an example of the incorporation of modern technologies in rural homes during the interwar period, and included all of the modern conveniences of electricity, running water, and a telephone with a private line.

The Guy Richardson House is also significant for its association with the development of the Cloverdale area. Originally a small agricultural settlement, the local population expanded after Cloverdale became a stop on the New Westminster Southern Railway in 1891. The arrival of the Great Northern Railway, the BC Electric Railway and two highways made Cloverdale an important transportation junction and initiated major growth.

Source: Heritage Planning Files, City of Surrey

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Guy Richardson House include its:
- location on a former rural lot;
- form, scale and massing as expressed by the rectangular plan with several irregular protrusions;
- jerkin-headed side gable roof of the main house and a similar roof of lower pitch on the north wing;
- cladding, with a combination of shingles on the main and upper floors, and narrow lapped siding along the lower portion;
- shed roof front dormer and inset corner entry vestibule;
- fenestration: double-hung wood-sash windows with multi-paned upper sash, 6-over-1 and 8 over-1 configurations; and second-storey bathroom window of casement assembly; and
- mature landscaping including: a stepping stone walkway from the rear of the house; an extensive rockery; and many mature plants including rows of holly trees behind the home, a wisteria which was allowed to climb a birch tree, a filbert bush, an English Walnut tree, and a small orchard.



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.966

Recognition Type

Heritage Revitalization Agreement

Recognition Date


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

Heritage Planning Files, City of Surrey

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