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305 Heatley Ave

Photo Credit: Brian Kipp

Address

305 Heatley Ave, Vancouver BC

Neighbourhood

North Strathcona

Type

Residential

Significance

B

Description

First listed in 1906 as vacant, 305 Heatley was home to English-born lumberyard foreman Stanilaus (Stanley) Brereton, his wife Ada and their family in 1907.

Sources indicate the house may have been built by A. McRae, possibly the same person who built 311 Heatley and co-owner of four houses on the 200 block of Jackson Avenue. However, research on the Jackson Avenue houses shows that the houses were actually built for Alexandra MacDonald and Amy McRae, whose husbands, William McRae and David MacDonald, were business partners and sought to diversify their partnership and earnings through property development. Thus it is not known who built 305 Heatley. What is known is that the house was built in 1906 and is an Edwardian-style home – one of the most popular residential building styles in Vancouver in the early 20th century.

Characteristics of the Edwardian house include gable or hipped roofs, rectilinear floor plans, bay windows and the use of decorative elements including classical-inspired columns and multi-paned and diamond-patterned windows. Edwardian homes were also typically two storeys with a wide and open front verandah and square or turned porch columns.

The three houses at 305-319 Healtley Ave share two lots on E Cordova Street, but the houses are facing Heatley Ave.

Source

James Johnstone's blog " When An Old House Whispers" posts: Sept 5, 2010 and April 11, 2011.