You mean they split a house in half and moved it?!

Yes they did!

William Clarkson House (1862) is featured on our Guided Neighbourhood Walking Tour

Built in 1862, the original William Clarkson house was the oldest residence in New Westminster. In 1864, the The British Columbian newspaper praised its highly ornate Victorian style, describing it as ‘one of the handsomest residences yet erected’ in New Westminster.

In 1911, this home that could accommodate a family and seven lodgers, was literally split in two, and placed back-to-back to face Fourth Street and Pine Street respectively and altered to reflect one of the popular styles of the times — Tudor.

The subdivision likely occurred because of the advent of a right-of-way through the property (now Pine Street) to accommodate the B.C. Electric Railway, thus linking this house with the history of the trams that connected New Westminster with Vancouver to the west and Chilliwack to the east.

Source: Canada’s Historic Places

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Guided neighbourhood walking tours on Tour Day

11:30 AM | 1:00 PM | 2:30 PM | 4:00 PM

Sign up ahead of time for any one of the four tour times at the NWHPS Welcome Centre at Tipperary Park on Tour Day (limit: 30 Homes Tour ticket holders per tour). Then meet at the Queens Avenue entrance to Tipperary Park at the foot of Fourth Street 10 minutes before your tour time.

Stephanie Watts, Ghostly Vancouver Tours, is leading our Tour Day neighbourhood guided tours.

Save 45 minutes to an hour of your Tour Day for a fascinating sidewalk tour & talk about nearly 20 historic homes within four square blocks. Filled with anecdotes about grand homes, modest homes and split homes; New Westminster’s storied beginnings; and the Royal Engineers’ grand yet precise design of Queen’s Park in 1859; you’ll find that it’s not your regular tour! View the tour route at:

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