Chamberlain House & Cottage, 1912 —Two Heritage Houses: Relocation, Restoration & Addition

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Royal City Builders Awards

This unique project started with a modest 1912 Craftsman cottage on a large corner lot in the Queens Park neighbourhood of New Westminster. Instead of adding a large extension to the cottage, the owners chose to relocate a heritage house, threatened with demolition, onto the property and incorporate the two buildings into a unique new home.

The relocated, and much larger, 1912 Chamberlain house was a masterful Craftsman design by noted architect E.J. Boughen. The new site configuration placed the more prominent house facing the street; the modest cottage was connected at the rear and rotated to face the side lane.  The cottage functions as a generous garage, family room and master bedroom suite.

As both houses share the same roof pitch and common Craftsman-era detailing, the composition works and stimulates an intriguing dialogue on creative approaches to heritage conservation.  Why save one house when you can save two?