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Gibson House

112 Eckhardt Avenue West, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/05/01

Exterior view of Gibson House, pre-1910; Penticton Museum
Northeast aspect
Exterior view of Gibson House, 2004; City of Penticton, 2004
Northwest aspect
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Other Name(s)

Gibson House
Gibson House Bed and Breakfast
Latimer House

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Construction Date(s)


Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/02/23

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Gibson House is a Colonial Revival style house, built in 1906 on a prominent corner lot. The house can be identified by its one and one half story colonial gambrel form, Etruscan porch posts, leaded windows, decorative bargeboards, and oriel window. The site includes a stone wall and mature ornamental trees.

Heritage Value

The Gibson House, one of the oldest surviving houses built in the Penticton townsite, is important as a reflection of early civic development and the evolution of the city to meet the needs of its professional elite.

Built in 1906 for F.H. Latimer, this historic house is valued as an example of the type of high-quality residence which suited its original owner for 40 years, and civic leader Dr. Gibson, a prominent physician who lived here for over 50 years, from 1946 to 2000.

The architecture of the Gibson House is significant to Penticton's heritage because it speaks to social values and wealth that were symbols of prestige for early civic leaders in a bygone era. This is evident in the bold Colonial Revival gambrel-roof style and architectural detailing, including such exterior features as Etruscan porch posts, leaded windows, decorative bargeboards, and an oriel window, as well as intact interior features, such as the cast iron fireplace and fir woodwork.

The original townsite lot on which Gibson House sits demonstrates the early pattern of development - large, high-quality single dwellings on large lots - at the southern edge of the townsite. The intact historical landscape, which contains visible evidence of the original 1906 landscape plan, contributes to the continuity of the streetscape and, as a documented landscape plan, is rare for its period in Penticton.

Source: City of Penticton Civic File for: 112 Eckhardt Avenue

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Gibson House include:
- the prominent corner location and large landscaped lot
- the Colonial Revival gambrel-roof form of the house
- external design features, including Etruscan porch posts, decorative bargeboards, leaded windows, parapet decorations, and an oriel window
- the original fieldstone wall framing two sides of the property
- garden layout with original walkways and sugar maples (Acer saccharum)
- intact interior features in the living and dining rooms and second floor bedrooms, including fir woodwork, iron fireplace with classical motifs, and original doors, windows, and frames
- the sympathetic modern addition at the rear of the house
- surviving features of the 1906 landscape plan
- association with F.H. Latimer seen in the architectural style chosen by the owner
- association with Dr. Gibson seen in his retention of the original architectural and landscape features



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

Recognition Date


Historical Information

Significant Date(s)

1946/01/01 to 1946/01/01
2000/01/01 to 2000/01/01

Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design
Peopling the Land

Function - Category and Type


Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn



Architect / Designer



F.H. Latimer

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Penticton Civic File for: 112 Eckhardt Avenue

Cross-Reference to Collection

Fed/Prov/Terr Identifier




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