The Wood House in Victory Heights (1949)

New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society - Wood House

photo credit: Oliver Rathonyi-Reusz (for all photos in this blog, unless otherwise indicated.)

The Wood House is a fine example of post-war construction in the aptly-named Victory Heights neighbourhood that served as an affordable base for returning soldiers eligible for housing grants from the Veterans Land Administration (VLA).

New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society - Wood House

Photo: Paul Fuoco

Many of these homes were built in the late 1940s and early 1950s to house young families eager to get on with – or start – their lives after WW II.  H.J. Wood and Sons was one of many contractors who answered the call to meet the housing needs of these families.

This charming one-and-a-half storey home retains the original exterior wood cedar shakes, slate stone planters and leaded glass windows. Inside, there is a small foyer and staircase leading up to the two bedrooms and bathroom. One staircase wall was removed to provide more space and light in the entryway. Also off the foyer, the living room features the original tiled fireplace, coved ceilings and a large front window. A vast, elevated exterior back deck overlooks Triangle Park, the hidden gem of the neighbourhood.

The current owners are well suited to Mr. Wood’s house – they own Wood Be Art, where woodworking meets (of course!) art. The mastery of wood as a functional yet decorative design element is evident everywhere, from the mouldings, trim work and cabinetry on the main level to the built-in drawers and closets in the upstairs bedrooms.

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New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society - Wood HouseNew Westminster Heritage Preservation Society - Wood HouseThe new kitchen, with its whimsical and elegant design touches, is a delightful mix of traditional and eclectic style. Where else would you find Arts and Crafts shaker cabinets and a reclaimed gramophone-turned-light fixture blending harmoniously with an induction cook-top stove and hidden fridge and freezer combo with – wait for it – hood ornaments from a Nash Ambassador car fashioned into door handles – all in the same room?

Well-intentioned renovations in the 1970s led to an interesting house addition. The current owners have re-worked it into a spacious open area were sunlight streams in through new windows to brighten the liveliest and busiest of work centres – the new kitchen and adjacent home office/think tank.

New Westminster Heritage Preservation Society - Wood HouseHanging in the heart of this home, “Tranquility”, the Peter Lik lithograph, reminds us that there is spiritual connection to all things Wood.

Thank you to our 2017 Heritage Homes Tour sponsor for The Wood House:

Wood be Art, Company and Homeowners, Paul Keller & Brandy Kawulka

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