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Riordan House

689 Winnipeg Street, Penticton, British Columbia, V2A, Canada

Formally Recognized: 2006/05/01

Exterior view of Riordan House, 2006; City of Penticton, 2006
Oblique front view
Historic exterior view of Riordan House, no date; Penticton Museum
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Listed on the Canadian Register: 2007/02/26

Statement of Significance

Description of Historic Place

The Riordan House is a two and one half storey Arts and Crafts style home constructed in 1921. It is located on a prominent corner lot and includes the original garage and mature landscaping.

Heritage Value

The Riordan House is valued as an expression of the kind of architecturally designed home built by prominent businessmen in the post World War I era. The side-gabled first storey is dominated by broad overhanging eaves with exposed rafters, a porte-cochere with battered Craftsman piers on the south side and a porch entry with decorative roof on the north side. The home evokes a period of economic optimism, expressed in its rich architectural detailing.

The house is also valued for its contribution to the continuity of an elite precinct in this area which housed doctors, lawyers, and merchants, many of whom built large homes.

The house is also notable for its association with its first owner and builder, David Riordan, a prominent hotel owner and reputed bootlegger. It is rumoured that liquor was hidden in the basement of the Riordan house during Prohibition. The richly detailed interior, which is virtually in original condition, is a reflection of the social prominence and personality of its original owner.

Source: City of Penticton Civic File for: 689 Winnipeg Street

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Riordan House include:
- the prominent corner lot location
- the bold architectural form which expresses Arts and Crafts and Craftsman principles
- the porte-cochere
- the decorative porch entrance
- the deep overhanging eaves
- craftsman elements including the use of vertical elements which contrast with and break the horizontal planes (upper storey massing of gables, tall chimney, battered piers on the porte-cochere, and heavy porch supports reaching to the ground
- exposed rafter ends and decorative knee braces
- upper storey dormers
- rich interior woodwork of Nova Scotia fir and oak
- original built-in cupboards and window seats
- original windows, doors, frames, and mouldings
- association with a colourful local character, David Riordan
- original concrete wall around perimeter of the property
- original rear garage
- original landscaping and mature trees
- original boiler and hot water heating system



British Columbia

Recognition Authority

Local Governments (BC)

Recognition Statute

Local Government Act, s.954

Recognition Type

Community Heritage Register

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Theme - Category and Type

Expressing Intellectual and Cultural Life
Architecture and Design

Function - Category and Type



Commerce / Commercial Services
Hotel, Motel or Inn
Single Dwelling

Architect / Designer



David Riordan

Additional Information

Location of Supporting Documentation

City of Penticton Civic File for: 689 Winnipeg Street

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