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Mackie House

6445 Arbroath Street, Burnaby, British Columbia, V5E, Canada

Formally Recognized: 1996/01/15

Exterior view of the Mackie House; City of Burnaby, 2004
Oblique view
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Other Name(s)

Mackie House
The Gables
John and Christina Mackie House

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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2005/10/24

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Mackie House is a one and one-half storey plus basement residence with a distinctive cross-gambrel roof. The foundations and first storey facade are constructed of granite rubble-stone with raised pointing, and the remainder of the house is clad in cedar shingles. It is now part of the Tudor Grove residential complex.

Heritage Value

The Mackie House is valued as the house of John Mackie (1879-1937) and Christina Mackie (1881-1959) and is significant as the last house remaining from the original Highland Park subdivision. The area was first laid out in 1902, and then remarketed by C.L. Merritt and Company in 1911 as "Gilley Park - the Suburb Beautiful." Located on the B.C. Electric Railway interurban line, this was one of many middle-class commuter suburbs in Burnaby promoted during the Edwardian era. These suburbs were reflective of the City Beautiful Movement, a process of urbanization that sought to create morally, socially and aesthetically uplifting civic environments.

The site is significant as a rare example of a modest residence incorporating high quality Arts and Crafts stylistic elements. Unusual for a house of this moderate scale, the foundation, first storey walls and chimney are constructed of rough-dressed granite. John Mackie was a stone mason, and it is assumed that he undertook the work himself. The cross gambrel roof is an unusual feature, relatively uncommon in B.C., from which the house derives its name, The Gables.

Source: Heritage Site Files, City of Burnaby Planning and Building Department

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Mackie House include its:
- location in the original Highland Park subdivision
- vernacular residential form, scale and massing as exemplified by the one and one-half storey plus basement height, inset porch and symmetrical, rectangular plan
- cross-gambrel roof with closed eaves and returned lower edges, clad with cedar shingles
- Arts and Crafts influence as exemplified in its use of natural materials such as rough-dressed granite rubble-stone foundation, first storey walls and chimney, and cedar shingle siding on the upper storey
- other elements of masonry construction, such as the granite window-box brackets, granite stair cheeks and granite interior chimney with rustic cap
- wooden-sash windows
- house name, The Gables, carved into a granite block on the left-hand pier of the front porch



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.967

Recognition Type

Heritage Designation

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 Site Files, City of Burnaby Planning and Building Department

Cross-Reference to Collection

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