Herbert Arthur Farm

6166 34B Avenue
Delta, BC

Built: 1907
 

The Arthur Residence and Barn is comprised of a one and one-half storey vernacular farmhouse facing 34B Avenue, and a large saltbox roof barn to the east. The farm is located on the south side of the road, in close proximity to Highway 17 and near a railway right-of-way, surrounded by a perimeter planting of mature trees.

Status: Still Standing

Arthur Residence - 2014
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Heritage Value

The Arthur Residence and Barn are of heritage value as an intact example of an historic Delta farmstead, as a reminder of Delta's important agricultural past and for their association with early Delta pioneers. This farmstead possesses an early twentieth century house and barn amidst a rural, agricultural landscape, separated from modern housing and industrial development. Located on the first major cross road in the agricultural area south of Ladner village, it also represents the growth of population with concurrent improvements in access. The vernacular character of this small, simple farmhouse is a demonstration of the pragmatic character of this farming community in its early years.

This site is of significance for its long association with, and continued farming use by, the pioneering Arthur family. The land was part of the original Crown Grant to William Arthur. His sons, Herbert and Frederick, inherited the farm, and Herbert built this modest house in 1907. The brothers later subdivided the land, and Herbert's portion was sold in 1944 to Clifford Berney, who married Herbert's niece, Margaret Arthur.

Character-Defining Elements

Key elements that define the heritage character of the Arthur Residence and Barn include the:

  • location on 34B Avenue in an area of similar farmsteads, near a railway right-of-way, with the house oriented north facing the road
  • ongoing use as a working farm
  • residential form, scale and massing of the house as expressed by its one and one-half storey height and rectangular plan
  • wood-frame construction of the house
  • exterior elements of the house such as: the side-gabled roof with shed roof over the rear lean-to extension; original double-hung 2-over-2 wooden-sash windows; original siding under later asbestos shingles; one central internal brick chimney; asymmetrically placed small front porch with gabled roof; and panelled front door
  • utilitarian agricultural form, scale and massing of the barn
  • heavy-timber frame construction of the barn
  • elements of the barn such as the saltbox roof, original board-and-batten siding and large sliding barn door
  • associated landscape features such as the perimeter planting of mature trees and the agricultural setting