BC real estate: 1911 New Westminster mansion for sale, $3.3M

The lovingly restored 112-year-outdated dwelling capabilities stained glass, heritage woodwork and a wooden-burning hearth.

One particular of New Westminster’s most lovingly restored Edwardian mansions is now on the current market.

The house at 109 3rd Ave., close to the entrance to Queen’s Park, has been detailed for sale for $3,295,000. The listing went up May perhaps 15, according to Zealty.ca.

The G.R. Speck house was developed by architect E.J. Boughen in 1911 for George R. Speck, who ran a bicycle and sporting merchandise emporium in downtown New Westminster.

The two-and-a-fifty percent-storey wooden-frame property is a “beautifully proportioned and outstanding example” of an Arts & Crafts style household, as explained in a statement of heritage significance that was introduced to metropolis council at a general public listening to in January.

“It represents what makes this neighbourhood unique by becoming a custom-designed grand household in the Arts & Crafts design and style crafted in the pre-Entire world War Just one period, as very well as via its yard environment and generous facet yards, experienced trees and shrubs and historic concrete perimeter wall,” the statement notes.

In layperson’s phrases? It’s a large and attractive house, featuring 4,400 sq. toes of dwelling space about four stages — with five bedrooms and four bathrooms (two total and two 50 %).

The residence attributes a total-width covered entrance veranda on the major level and a “sleeping porch” with a curved wall on the second amount.

Most noteworthy about the residence are gorgeous period inside options, which include 22 primary leaded stained glass home windows and authentic, never ever-been-painted millwork throughout — including white maple inlaid fir baseboards. Heritage dwelling enthusiasts will also delight in the coffered ceilings, beautiful interval lighting with art glass and a wood-burning fire, as outlined in the listing.

The inside of the residence is so distinctive, in point, that the homeowners applied to the city for a heritage designation bylaw that would protect each the exterior of the residence and some of its inside characteristics — such as the aforementioned stained glass windows, some wooden mullioned windows in the rest room and attic, and interior woodwork including architectural options, trim, doorways and flooring in the front corridor, entrance corridor stairway, living room and eating home.

Outside the house, it also capabilities a 1,000-sq.-foot out of doors patio and experienced gardens.

For a entire operate-down of the household and all its characteristics, as nicely as pictures, see its listing at Zealty.ca.

Who was George R. Speck? Far more about the home’s primary owner

The first homeowners of the dwelling were George Rodger Speck (1877-1948) and his spouse Ethel (nee Hewitt) Speck (1879-1927), as the statement of heritage significance notes.

George moved to New Westminster in 1904 and ran a thriving bicycle and sporting merchandise retail store on Columbia Street.

“The regard he gained from the group is ideal represented by the E.O.S. Schofield biography: British Columbia: From the Earliest Instances to the Existing, Biographical Vol III, in which there is a write-up about Speck: ‘He is one of the main concerns of the variety in New Westminster, which is steadily rising in consultant patronage. His success is the extra creditable to him as it can be ascribed to no advantageous situation but is due only to his very own indefatigable efforts,’” the report quotes.

The Specks lived in the residence from 1911 until finally 1922, at which point they moved into yet another residence a several streets around — a household also built by Boughen.

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