Sneak Peek at Homes Tour 2017

Henry L. and Ella Edmonds House (1910)

The Henry L and Ella Edmonds House sits proudly at the corner of 5th & 5th. photo credit: Paul Fuoco

H.L. Edmonds commissioned local architect Charles Henry Clow to design this handsome house.

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Front verandah photo credit: Paul Fuoco

 

 

Built in 1910, it features elements of the Prairie style with Craftsman touches; including gabled dormers, a large second storey porch and an exceptionally deep, full-width front porch. Henry Lovekins Edmonds and Ella Katherine Pringle wed in 1908 and moved only a few doors down the block from the 527 Fifth Street house that Henry built in 1905.

One enters the formal rooms of the H.L. and Ella Edmonds home through a wide, single, six-paned sliding door and is immediately struck by the space, grandeur and abundant natural light that envelops the parlour, where Henry likely received both personal and work guests. The dark-stained wood moulding, large brick fireplace and square bays with window seating are signs of English Arts and Crafts.  Another matching single sliding door leads to the formal dining room that also boasts a (gas) fireplace and window seat. The current owners have refinished the original fir floors and sought out period light fixtures to replace those missing throughout the house.

photo: RE/MAX TeamDaveVallee

photo: RE/MAX TeamDaveVallee

photo: RE/MAX TeamDaveVallee

Upstairs, the home’s original footprint offers three spacious bedrooms—two with large walk-in closets, reclaimed period light fixtures and a newer, updated bathroom. The large finished attic performs double duty as a guest space and a playroom. The staircase leading up to the newer wing of the home sensitively separates the kitchen and family room, evoking an air of open concept while affording some privacy to the distinct living areas.

 

H.V. Edmonds’ “Blossom Grove” was located on what is now College Court – demolished in 1939. photo c. 1896 NWPL 522 from page 63 of “Royal City” by Jim Wolfe

Henry Lovekins Edmonds’ father, Henry Valentine Edmonds, was a well-known real estate developer, businessman, politician (mayor – briefly) and notary; as the naming of Edmonds Street and Edmonds SkyTrain Station in Burnaby attest. H.V. Edmonds commissioned “Blossom Grove” – likely the most impressive mansion ever built in New Westminster, in the area now known as College Court. H.L. Edmonds lived at the home for a short period before rising debts forced his father to sell the property. It later became Columbian College and then passed to the City of New Westminster. The once proud H.V. Edmonds house was demolished and the land was sold off in 1939.

 

The H.L. Edmonds at 443 Fifth Street stayed in the family for almost 80 years. In the late 1980s, new owners added an harmonious rear addition with a matching second storey porch. The family room embodies the successful blend of old and new offered by this grand home.


 

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